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1861-1872 CARBINE CLEANING BRUSH AND THONG –VARIATION WITH THE NON-DETACHABLE THONG:  Believed to have been a Civil War time expedient in order to speed production, and quite possibly a variation approved by the Ordnance Department, these Carbine Cleaning Brushes with a non-detachable thong are a recognized variant.  See Gun Tools, Vol. I (Shaffer, Rutledge, & Dorsey) page 285 for more details.  

This brush and thong set was manufactured with a permanently attached thong as opposed to the threaded brass ferrule on the other type of Civil War Carbine Cleaning Brushes that allowed them to be changed between the thong and the garrison cleaning rod.  Manufactured in this manner, this brush and thong set would only have been intended for use in the field, where it was carried in the soldier’s saddlebag.  As well as being issued with any of the Civil War Carbines, this appendage would have been continued in use through the issue of the early Indian War Spencer, Sharps, Ward Burton and M1870 Springfield Carbines.   

Far less common than the sets with the threaded ferrules, this is an excellent specimen with a full length thong and a brush with all of the natural bristles intact, and it would be a very nice addition to display with your carbine and cavalry equipment.  (C 75) $85



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