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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.  (0363)  $975



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