MODEL 1881 US ARMY HOLSTER FOR THE COLT & S&W
REVOLVERS – VERY GOOD SPECIMEN W/ INTERIOR OF FLAP
HOLES STENCILED WITH THE DESIRABLE “S&W/C” :
This is a very good specimen of the Fifth Type, 1881
Pattern Holster as described in US Military Holsters
and Pistol Cartridge Boxes, Meadows, pages 113-4,
modified with a larger belt loop that would accommodate
the Mills double loop woven cartridge belt.
In very good condition with a bright shiny surface, this
specimen retains solid stitching throughout, and all of
the components are intact. The body is very solid and
full form, retaining a fully legible “US” embossed in
the oval. The body leather retains a pleasing bright
smooth surface. The exterior of the holster flap bears
a legible “Rock Island Arsenal” cartouche, as well as
the inspector’s initials below the finial holes. The
flap has some light crazing, typical of these holsters
which were issued and used.
The loop is likewise very
solid and the surface is smooth and bright.
The interior of the holster flap retains a legible
portion of the very desirable stencil “S S&W” and “C”
adjacent to the closing holes to indicate which hole is
to be used with which pistol, the Colt M1873 or the
Smith and Wesson Schofield.
This is a very presentable and attractive Model 1881
Holster, in solid condition and retaining clear arsenal
markings, and will be a nice addition to complete your
Mills Double Loop Cartridge Belt.