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MODEL 1885 CARBINE SLING – ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL  – EXCELLENT SPECIMEN – STAMPED 10TH CAVALRY:  This is a particularly nice example, having survived in excellent condition, is arsenal stamped, and bears a unit inventory stamp for the famous 10TH US Cavalry Regiment.  As described in Ordnance Memoranda no. 29, these Model 1885 Carbine Slings succumbed to a variety of forces that resulted in decent specimens being fairly scarce on today’s market.  Manufactured in far fewer numbers than the preceding Model 1855 Carbine Slings, a higher percentage of those made were issued and eventually used to destruction.   

The sling leather, narrower than that used on the Civil War carbine slings, was more susceptible to use, wear and exposure on the frontier, evidenced by so many of the Model 1885 slings that do survive present in poor condition.  And too, the Model 1885 Slings not only saw use with the frontier army in the final years of the Indian Wars, but were continued in service in the tropics of Cuba and the Philippine Islands where the climate accelerated the rate of consumption.  Finally, once they passed into the surplus market and into the hands of companies such as Bannerman’s, many of the surviving specimens fell victim to the demand for metal during both World Wars, and the brass buckles and tips were removed and the leather discarded.    

This Model 1885 Carbine Sling fortunately escaped all of the forces aligned against it and in spite of obviously having been issued, has survived in excellent condition – literally one of the best specimens of this sling that I have seen on the market in years.   

Full length with the original brass buckle and tip intact, the leather surface has an overall excellent bright, shiny finish with only some minor flexing in isolated points, but no crazing or flaking.  Immediately adjacent to the sling tip is a legible “RIA” stamp, indicating the sling was manufactured at the Rock Island Arsenal.  The original brass tip and buckle have a nice, even color and are full form.  The snap swivel is fully functional, has a smooth, bright surface, and bears no markings as is correct.  The buckle has an old museum or collection inventory number stamped on the reverse of one of cross bars.   

Of particular value, the sling leather is stamped immediately next to the buckle billet with a unit inventory identification, “10 CAV” and “26”, indicating this sling was issued to soldier number 26 in the 10TH US Cavalry Regiment.  One of the more famous cavalry regiments in the Indian War army, accoutrements identified to the 10TH have always been sought after by collectors.     

This is a particularly nice example to display with your cavalry accoutrement and carbine grouping, and one that would never need to be, nor likely could be, upgraded.  (1102) $1500



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