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MODEL 1855 CARBINE SLING – RARE ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL MARKED SLING - MAKER MARKED SNAP SWIVEL – EXCELLENT CIVIL WAR THROUGH INDIAN WAR SPECIMEN:  This Civil War/Early Indian War Cavalry Carbine Sling is full length, in the original configuration, and is complete with a maker marked snap swivel.  Of special note, the sling leather was manufactured at Rock Island Arsenal and is so stamped immediately above the brass tip.  The vast majority of surviving sling straps were manufactured by civilian contractors such as Gaylord.  I have only seen three – this one included - of these sling straps which have been marked as this one is, with the Rock Island Arsenal stamp, making this specimen a very special offering.   

Many of these carbine slings, once in the surplus market and in the hands of companies such as Bannerman’s, fell victim to the demand for metal during both World Wars and the brass buckles and tips were removed.  As little care was taken in these salvage efforts, more often than not, the sling leather was severely shortened.  

This Model 1855 Carbine Sling escaped those salvage efforts, with the sling retaining its full length of 51 ˝ inches.  The leather surface is overall smooth and bright with only some minor flexing.  The sling is supple and the leather has not hardened, making it a very nice piece to display.  The original brass tip and buckle have a nice, even aged patina and are full form.  The snap swivel is fully functional and has a smooth, bright finish with no pitting – one of the nicest ones I’ve seen in some time.  The inside surface of the snap is stamped “O.B. NORTH & Co., New Haven, CT", the maker.    

Given the continued use of these Model 1855 Carbine Slings through the Civil War, then onto the frontier where they were used well into the late Indian Wars, and the loss to the surplus efforts as described above, full length specimens with the original buckles and tips have become very difficult to locate on the market.  Further, the added value of the Rock Island Arsenal stamp on this specimen makes it a particularly special offering, and it will be a significant addition to your cavalry accoutrement and carbine grouping.  (0522) $2350





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