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Rare Double Marked Civil War Excavated Carbine Sling Buckle
Item #: A662
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This is a tougher to find version of the original Civil War cavalry carbine sling buckle. These carbine slings were used by the cavalrymen to hang onto the carbines while they were on horseback. The leather sling used this buckle to adjust the length of the carbine sling to the size need by the cavalryman. It still has both of the original two adjustment teeth present on the buckle portion. What makes this one special is that on the reverse of the piece it has the two stampings. It still has the clear "T.J. SHEPARD" and "E GAYLORD / CHICOPEE / MASS". The Gaylord is the maker's mark and the Shepard is the inspector mark. The stamp lets us know that this is one of the ones that were sent in 1863-1865 to the Springfield Armory. They were the only one that required this marking. These are illustrated on page 476 of the O'Donnell and Campbell buckle and plate book. As they say in the book, Springfield required the maker to stamp "your name and residence" as a way to hold the maker accountable for their production quality. This plate was excavated years ago bin the Hopewell, Virginia area. This is a nice dug piece that will enhance any Civil War artifact collection.

Shipping Weight: 1 lb
$135.00 USD

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