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Rare Triple Marked Civil War Excavated Carbine Sling Buckle
Item #: A986
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This is a scarce 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 three stampings. It still has the majority of the "US" as well as the "T.J. SHEPARD" and "E GAYLORD / CHICOPEE / MASS". The Gaylord is the maker's mark and the Shepard is the inspector mark. The "US" stamp lets us know that this is one of the ones that were sent in 1864 to the Springfield Armory. They were the only one that required this marking. These are illustrated on page 476 of the O'Donnel and Campbell buckle and plate book. The verbal history that accompanied this plate was that it was excavated years ago in the area of the Battle of Seven Pines in Virginia. This is a nice dug piece that will enhance any Civil War artifact collection.

Price: $165.00 USD (Sale Pending)

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