MODEL 1892 US ARMY HOLSTER - FIRST TYPE - FOR THE .38 COLT
ARSENAL MARKED SPECIMEN: A US Army Type I, Model 1892 .38
Caliber Colt Pattern Holster as described in US
Military Holsters and Pistol Cartridge Boxes,
Meadows, page 154-156. Produced to carry the Model 1892
.38 Caliber Colt Double Action Pistol, this holster saw
extensive service during the Spanish American War and
was fitted with a larger belt loop that would
accommodate the single loop woven cartridge belt.
A very solid specimen, this holster has survived in nice condition, with solid stitching, all of the seams
intact, and all of the components, to include the plug,
are present. The body is solid and full form with no
weak points. The embossed “US” in the oval is legible.
The “Rock Island Arsenal” maker’s stamp and the
inspector’s initials “E.H.S.” is present on the flap,
but these stamps have faded some through use. The
piece worker's initials are lightly present on the tip
of the flap where they are normally found. The leather
surface on the upper area of the body of holster and the
flap have experienced some
crazing and flexing at the expected points, but they still retain a shiny surface.
These holsters are far from common and this specimen in
very presentable condition with very legible arsenal and
inspector stamps. (0924) $425