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1861-1872 CARBINE CLEANING BRUSH, THONG AND ROD SET:  Natural bristle brush, leather thong and barracks rod set as issued with the Civil War Carbines and continued in use through the issue of the early Indian War Spencer, Sharps, Ward Burton and M1870 Springfield Carbines.  The brush unscrews from the thong for use with the barracks rod.  This brush attached to the thong enabled the soldiers to carry the set in their saddlebags.  See Gun Tools, Vol. I (Shaffer, Rutledge, & Dorsey) page 284-5 for more details.  A nice addition to your cavalry display. 

 

No. 1  BRUSH, THONG AND ROD SET:  In "like new" unissued condition, the rod and thong are full length, the thong is supple and strong, and the brush retains the bristles.  The threads on the brush and rod tip are clear and engage properly.  $85

 

No. 2  BRUSH, THONG AND ROD SET - A UNIQUE SOLDIER MODIFIED ROD:  In excellent condition, this rod shows evidence of having been issued in that the end of the rod opposite the brass ferrule has been carved by the soldier to form a jag that would enable him to use a piece of tow or cloth to wipe the bore of his carbine.  This modification allowed him to take the cleaning and maintenance of his carbine a step further.  This rod comes with the brush and thong as pictured above and as with the other sets, the rod and thong are full length, the thong is supple and strong, and the brush retains the bristles.  The threads on the brush and rod tip are clear and engage properly.  A special set as these soldier modified pieces did not survive in large numbers, and the only one I have with this modification.  $85

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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