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MODEL 1875 PISTOL CARTRIDGE POUCH:  As a result of the enforced frugality of the finance strapped Ordnance Department, like many other Indian War accoutrements these Model 1875 Pistol Cartridge Pouch were modified from the thousands of Cap Pouches remaining in inventory from the Civil War.  A fairly simple modification, the cap pouch’s interior flap was trimmed away, leaving an “ear” at each top corner of the body.  These ears were then sewn to the top of the side edges of the body to limit the opening and prevent the loss of the metallic pistol cartridges.  The outer flap, left in its full form was then embossed with the large “US” in the oval, completing the modification.  This modification, one that would consume a portion of the remaining Civil War stocks, was recommended as an alternative to the Model 1874 Dyer Pistol Pouch adopted by the 1874 Cavalry Board.  Such cost saving measures were necessary and encouraged due to the recession then plaguing the country in the post Civil War years.  

These Model 1875 Pistol Cartridge Pouches are fairly scarce on the market, are heavily sought after by Indian War accoutrement collectors and Colt collectors alike, and are one of the accoutrements most often missing from a Model 1874 Cavalry Sabre Belt.

I currently have these pouches in stock, described and priced  below with accompanying photographs.

 

NO. 1:  This pouch features a clear, legible “US” in the oval on the front cover.  The pouch is in full form with the original integral tab intact and not torn, all of the seams are intact, both belt loops are present and intact, and the leather still very supple and pliable.  The leather surface of the outer flap shows some evidence of wear and aging, with some crazing that is now stabilized.  The front of the body is also crazed, but the shiny surface is stable.  The surface of the back of the body retains a smooth, clear, bright surface. The belt loops are very strong, and are well attached to the body, with the left loop having a bright clear surface and the right loop showing some wear and surface flaking.    

This is a very presentable, complete example.  (1202)  $675  

 

NO. 2:  This pouch features a clear, legible “US” in the oval on the front cover.  The pouch is in full form with the original integral tab intact and not torn, all of the seams are intact, both belt loops are present and intact, and the leather still very supple and pliable.  The leather surface of the outer flap has some pebbling due to age, but the finish is overall bright and shiny.  The surface of the front of the body is bright and shiny, as is the surface of the back of the body.  The belt loops are very strong, and are well attached to the body, with both loops having some light crazing, but retaining a bright surface.    

This is a very nice example in above average condition.  (0916)  $750

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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