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MODEL 1874 DYER CARBINE CARTRIDGE POUCH – ROCK ISLAND  ARSENAL:  A very nice Model 1874 Dyer Carbine Cartridge Pouch manufactured at the Rock Island Arsenal.  This piece is representative of the early issues of the Model 1874 Cavalry Equipments and those specimens probably carried by the troopers at the Little Big Horn.   

This specimen has all of the characteristics of the 1874 era Rock Island pouches, to include the four rivet escutcheon plate and the legible “rising sun” style ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL stamp on the reverse between the two belt loops.  See Indian War Cartridge Pouches, Boxes and Carbine Boots, by Dorsey, page 35.  

Further enhancing this piece is the presence of all of the red sheep’s wool lining, usually missing or badly damaged due to age and use.  The overall condition of the leather is very supple and there is no damage to the pouch.  The embossed “US” still very strong and legible on the smooth, shiny front cover.  There is the normal crazing at the top fold of the front cover and some light crazing on the surface of the gusset, however the gusset is complete without any tears or open seams.  The surface of the interior face of the body of the pouch is smooth and still retains the inspector’s and piece worker’s initial stamps.  The rear surface has some crazing and flaking, all now stable.  All of the seams and the belt loops are strong and intact.   

Overall, this is a respectable, solid example of the Model 1874 Dyer Carbine Cartridge Pouch.  (0915)  $425

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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