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MODEL 1902 CARBINE SCABBARDS FOR THE SPRINGFIELD KRAG CARBINE – VERY NICE EXAMPLES OF THIS RARE SCABBARD COMPLETE WITH STRAPS:  The US Army adopted the first full length scabbard in 1896 for use with the Springfield Krag Carbine.  The Model 1896 Scabbards were produced in black leather as were all horse equipment and accoutrements at that time.  In May of 1902, the mouth of the carbine scabbard was reinforced by incorporating the same brass throat plate that was featured on the Model 1887 Carbine Boot.  This brass throat protector facilitated the return of the carbine into the scabbard and provided additional protection for the carbine’s rear sight.  In July of 1902, the army instituted the change from black leather to russet leather.   

Apparently, the Model 1902 Carbine Scabbard was only produced from the summer of 1902 through some point in 1903 – 1903 dated specimens are known – and due to this short production period, they are quite rare. 

I am fortunate to have these two specimens to offer.  Both are individually described below with accompanying photographs.   

 

NO. 1:  MODEL 1902 CARBINE SCABBARD FOR THE SPRINGFIELD KRAG CARBINE – IDENTIFIED TO TROOP L, 10TH US CAVALRY - RARE SCABBARD COMPLETE WITH STRAPS IN VERY GOOD  CONDITION:  This very nice example of the rare Model 1902 Carbine Scabbard is made of russet leather and features the brass throat plate.  Measuring 31” long, the scabbard is full form, and is complete with both of the original full length leather straps which buckled directly onto the saddle – the snap hooks featured with the later scabbards had not yet been adopted.  The straps are complete with the buckles, standing loops and sliding leather keepers.  The scabbard is legibly stamped “ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL” with the worker’s initials “TC” for T. Carroll. 

The top edge of the scabbard throat is stamped with a set of unit inventory letters and numerals, “L 10 81”, indicating this scabbard was in the inventory of Troop L, of the famous 10TH US Cavalry, and was assigned the inventory number 81.  While showing signs of having been issued and used, this scabbard has survived in very good condition with the seam intact and all the components present.  The leather surface retains an overall bright shiny surface and the leather has a pleasant medium caramel color as do the straps.  The leather is overall smooth, with some of the expected wear to the surface from being carried on a saddle and with a minimal amount of crazing, but no flaking or surface loss.  The leather is live, the scabbard still holds it shape, and it would display very well.  The steel plates which formed the drain hole in the lower tip were removed at some point in the scabbards life and the end of the scabbard sewn up, likely the work of a company saddler executing a necessary repair.   

Seldom encountered on the collector’s market, this scabbard has the added value of having been used by a very historic cavalry regiment.  This Model 1902 Carbine Scabbard would be an excellent addition to a Krag Carbine display, or to complete a First Pattern Model 1904 McClellan Saddle. (0210) $850

 

NO. 2:  MODEL 1902 CARBINE SCABBARD FOR THE SPRINGFIELD KRAG CARBINE – RARE SCABBARD COMPLETE WITH STRAPS IN VERY GOOD  CONDITION:  This very nice example of the rare Model 1902 Carbine Scabbard is made of russet leather and features the brass throat plate.  Measuring 31” long, the scabbard is full form, and is complete with both of the original full length leather straps which buckled directly onto the saddle – the snap hooks featured with the later scabbards had not yet been adopted.  The straps are complete with the buckles, standing loops and sliding leather keepers.  The scabbard is legibly stamped “ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL” with the worker’s initials “TC” for T. Carroll. 

While showing signs of having been issued and used, this scabbard has survived in very good condition with the seam intact and all the components present.  The leather surface retains an overall bright shiny surface and the leather has a pleasant mahogany color.  The leather is overall smooth, with no flaking or surface loss.  The leather is not oil soaked and softened like so many of these scabbards, rather the leather is live, the scabbard still holds it shape, and it would display very well.  The steel plates which form  the drain hole in the lower tip are present and tip of the scabbard is full form.    

An especially nice example, this Model 1902 Carbine Scabbard would be an excellent addition to a Krag Carbine display, or to complete a First Pattern Model 1904 McClellan Saddle. (0308) $850

 

ORIGINAL MODEL 1903 SPRINGFIELD RIFLE STOCK FOR DISPLAYING IN THE RIFLE SCABBARDS:  This is a nicely refinished, cut down original Model 1903 Rifle stock which would be perfect for displaying in a Model 1896-1903 rifle scabbard.  Absent the weight of a complete rifle and without the additional length of a full stock or the protrusions of the bolt handle, rear sight, etc. which would strain the old leather and risk opening the seam, this rifle stock would still present the appearance of a complete rifle and would look quite nice displayed on a saddle.  The original butt plate is present and the stock still bears traces of the cartouche and the "P in the ball" proof stamp below the trigger group mortise.  The stock has a beautiful color and a very nice finish.  The only wear beyond the normal handling marks is a small chip just above the toe of the stock.  Have just the one.  $100

 
 
 
 

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