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MODEL 1892 US ARMY HOLSTER - FIRST TYPE  - FOR THE .38 COLT PISTOL - NICE 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



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