1886 Pattern US Waist Belt Plate for Mills Belt
Here is a very nice Indian War/S.A.W. US belt plate. This one has a very
nice patina and shows some use. This plate is often referred to as the "Whittemore
Pattern" having been designed by Lt. Col. James Whittemore. He was the
commanding General of the Watervliet Arsenal. Some of the original gilt
still remains on the inside of the front motif. This plate would make a
great addition to any Indian War or Spanish American War Collection.
First Pattern 1876 Prairie Cartridge Belt
Here is a very nice first pattern prairie belt with the 54 loops. These
were made for the .45/70 Government rifle and carbine. This belt is made
of cotton canvas, a brass buckle, and a leather billet. The billet on
this piece has been restored/replaced which is very common on these
belts. There were several modifications where the soldiers shortened the
originals and an intact original billet is quite scarce. This was
professionally done making the piece complete once again. This belt has
seen service, but the original cotton loops are intact and some of them
are worn on the high points which is minimal. The loops are still sturdy
as they were originally coated in tung oil varnish to make them water
resistant. The interior of the belt is marked in two places. One of the
markings seem to read "T.C." The other marking reads, "E.B. No. 5, Co. G
LUCV. This would make an excellent addition to any Indian War
44.5" in Length 2" in Width
Dorsey "American Military and Naval Belts 1812-1902" Pg. 239
Early 20th Century Western Holster
Here is an excellent Western holster with nice leather. All of the
stitching is intact on this example and it is of one piece construction.
The tooling and chasing on this example are really nice. One the front
there are two overlapping pieces of leather. The top part is marked "AK"
while the bottom part is marked "Colt's.". The leather is still supple
with crazing but is in great shape. This would be a great addition to
any early Western collection.
Federal Regulation 1839 Pattern US Buckle (Arrow Hooks)
Here is an interesting relic. This late war US buckle was recovered from
the Bozeman trail in Wyoming in the late 1960's. This trail was heavily
traveled in the years following the American Civil War. It connected the
Midwest to the gold rush territories. This plate has some lead loss and
the outer rim is missing on the bottom. The back still retains all of
the attachment hooks and there is still a piece of leather on the back
that is preserved.
Old Bozeman Trail Wyoming 1960's
Spanish American War Era Hotchkiss Percussion Base Fuse
Here is an excellent Hotchkiss base fuse for a Span. Am. shell. These
were produced at the Frankford Arsenal and the top is marked "Hotchkiss
Pat. July 26-81 4-91A." The bottom unscrews and you can see the interior
slider inside. This one would clean up much better with a little soak in
vinegar and salt for about 10 minutes. I have a few different ones that
I have cleaned and they turn out fantastic. These fuses screwed into the
base of the shell compared to those Civil War ones that screwed into the
noses of the shells.
Late Indian War or Early Spanish American War Company Photo
Here is an excellent image of a company of soldiers that appears to be
from Pennsylvania. You can kind of make out a keystone on one of the hat
insignia. This is an excellent image and the detail is great. You can
see a wide variety of accoutrements such as canteens, cups, web belts,
swords, belt plates, a holster, and bayonets. These soldiers are all
armed with the .45/70 Trapdoor Springfield muskets. They all appear to
be wearing their packs with the tents rolled up on top and their
haversacks on the side. The soldier in the front row on the left has a
pistol inside of his model 1881 holster. He is also wearing the 1872/72
regulation belt with the US buckle fully visible. He also has the model
1878 canteen strapped to his side. A few of the soldiers have insignia
on their hats. Both officer's standing in the front are holding swords
and the letters "U.S.V." can clearly be seen on their collars. The
majority of the men appear to be wearing the 1880's .45/70 Mills web
belts that would have held 45 rounds of ammo with the captive wire ends.
The actual image measures approximately 10" x 7" and is mounted on a
thick paper stock board measuring 12" x 10". The board has a few bends
and a little foxing but the image is in fine shape with plenty of color
1858-1872 Cavalry Hat Cord
Original Cavalry hat cord from Bannerman's. These were meant to go over
the Hardee Hats. They were used well past the war and most you see are
in great shape. Both of the ties on the tassel are missing from this
example. The color is still vibrant on this example. There is one small
fray on the left side in the picture. The yellow and blue versions are a
little harder to find than the red.
Ohio State Seal Staff Button (Indian War Era
Here is a very nice Ohio state seal staff officers button. This one has
the sun coming over the mountains with the plow in front of the sheaf of
wheat with the bundle of five arrows. This two piece button was made for
Pettibone Manufacturing Company and was sold by them. They were a dealer
in very fancy military goods and you have probably seen several belt
rigs and swords made by them for officers. This would be the later style
of button that is misting the boat on the front.
"(dot) PETTIBONE MFG CO (dot) / CINCINNATI" dm with inner ring of dots
Non Dug Example
.50 Spencer Carbine Cartridge (Indian War) Sage Ammunition Works.
Here are four very nice .50 Spencer Carbine cartridges. There are two
different variations of headstamps on these but all of them are marked "S.A.W."
for Sage Ammunition Works. Sage Ammunition Works was located in
Middletown, Connecticut and produced small arms ammunition of various
types. These cartridges in particular are for the Indian War era Spencer
Carbine. This carbine was .50 compared to its .52 counterpart used
during the American Civil War. The two cartridges on the outsides have a
different headstamp than those two located in the center of the group.
These would look excellent sitting next to your Indian War carbine.
Thomas Round Ball to Rimfire Vol. 2 Pg. 391
$25.00 Each (Qty. Avail. 2)
Indian War M1874 Type III Canteen (Mass. State Arsenal Inspector's
Here is an excellent M1874 Type III canteen. The 1874 Type III canteen
has two upper sling guides with the bottom one being removed. They were
covered with a light brown duck cover and were lined with Petersham
felt. This style canteen has a very tight cover and a brass ring on the
neck that was crimped and not twisted. The stoppers were normally
attached by a brass chain instead of the earlier iron type. This canteen
is void of any dents and still has the Chambers buckle and sling
attached. The sling itself is sturdy and has very little fraying on the
edges. This canteen is unresearched and would have belonged to a soldier
in Company H of the 5th Regiment. His initials would have been W.P.P..
The great thing about this canteen is that is still has the Mass. State
Arsenal Inspector's mark on the face over the U.S. These 1874 canteens
with the inspector's markings are very scarce. This would make an
excellent addition to any canteen collection. Unfortunately I don't have
the time to research who this soldier was but someone out there may have
fun trying to track him down.
Federal 1874 Pattern Belt Buckle (Excavated)
Here is a nice eyeballed belt buckle that was recently found in
Winchester Va. This is the die stamped pattern and it is still covered
in dirt. The top edge is cracked and the tongue and attachment loop are
missing from the back.
National Guard Type II Hagner Cartridge Box (16 Rounds of .50/70 Govt)
Here is an unusual cartridge box. These were typically made for the
National Guard units. This one has the numbers "134" affixed to the
front. Both belt loops are present but the bottom ends have come undone.
The body of the box is in great shape. The leather is in decent shape
and the main flap appears to be tarred over which makes it a strange
x 2" x 3"
Stephen Dorsey "Indian War Cartridge Boxes" Pg. 50
Indian War 1874 Type III Canteen (Identified to the 5th Regiment)
Here is an excellent Indian War period smooth side canteen. The type III
canteen has the lower sling guide removed. This example has a very
nicely marked cover and all of the stitching is intact and tight. The
under petersham wool cover is intact and isn't poking through the cover
anywhere. The linen sling is attached and has slight fraying on one
section, and the larger Chamber's buckle is intact. The brass stopper
ring is in place and the stopper is in excellent shape. The cover is
stained and shows use but the canteens is free of large dents. There is
one tiny dent that I can feel on the side marked "5/L." If you are
looking for an Indian War period canteen with a traceable history look
no further. The 5th was involved in quite a bit of western action.
$350.00 Sale $240.00
1874 Palmer Infantry Brace Yoke (Watervliet Arsenal Produced)
Here is a pretty nice infantry piece from the 1870's. This is the Palmer
Infantry Brace that attached to the Model 1874 belt. This was meant to
place some of the weight of the equipment on the shoulders and back
rather than the waist alone. The 1874 belt would have held two McKeever
cartridge boxes and a bayonet. The two rear straps would have held the
haversack and clothing bag. This example is very nice. The leather has
some crazing but nothing like the ones I have seen. The leather is
supple and the inspector's marking is clear. This would be a great
addition to any Indian War collection and would look great holding the
belt and cartridge boxes.
Arsenal" Inspected By: A.R. Smith
Rarer Rock Island Arsenal 1909 Modified Canteen for the New Leather
Cavalry Sling (RIA 1914)
Here is a rarer style of the modified 1885 canteen for the cavalry. This
is the type that was modified for the leather cavalry hanger. The Rock
Island Arsenal apparently modified these canteens with the rectangle
loops instead of the more common triangle style. The new leather cavalry
hanger had the brass snap hook. One side of the canteen is very nice
while the other has a large dent in the very center. Most canteens of
this style that I have come across all have this large dent on the
inside. It may have intentionally been done as the M1907/1909 canteen
was manufactured that way. Both hanger rings swing smoothly. The stopper
ring is present but the actual stopper is missing. This would look great
in any military collection and there is a lot of rarity for the price.
O'Donnell "U.S. Army Canteens 1775-1910
.58 Conversion Block for Musket
Tins (Allin Conversion)
Nice unissued conversion block from
Bannermann's surplus. These wooden blocks were produced to hold the .58
rimfire musket cartridge for the Allin conversion. There are two rows of
four. The middle brace was removed and replaced with a solid wooden
block to hold a total of 8 Allin cartridges on the top and a box of 8
Allin cartridges below. The majority of these conversion blocks will no
longer hold the actual cartridges due to shrinking.
4.5" x 3.75" x 1.5"
Reference: Dorsey, Indian War Cartridge
Pouches, Boxes and Carbine Boots Pg. 20
Model 1904 Haversack by Rock Island Arsenal
Here is a very nice marked M1904 Haversack. This one is marked 13 C D C
NY 4 over 69. I would assume this is for the Coast Defense Corps?. The
interior is marked Rock Island Arsenal but it is faded. This pack does
have the ration bag inside of it. The pot metal attachment buttons for
the ration bag are in place but rusted. The bag does have some soiling
but it looks much better in person.
Model 1872 Infantry Forage Cap Insignia (Hunting Horn)
Here is a nice original horn insignia for
the forage cap or kepi. This one has wire attachment pins that are
soldered onto the reverse. In 1875 the Infantry replaced the horn with
the crossed rifles. This one is not bent or cracked and would go well
with an insignia display or on a period kepi.
2 1/4" wide x 1 3/8" tall
J. Duncan Campbell & Mike O'Donnell
"American Military Headgear Insignia" Pg. 156
Model 1866 French Chassepot Bayonet
Here is a very nice French Chassepot bayonet produced in 1874 during the
third empire. The scabbard retains quite a bit of the original finish.
There is some light surface rust and a few small patches on the
scabbard. The blade retains a nice bright finish with some very small
grease/rust spots. The serial numbers on the handle and the scabbard do
not match. Overall this is a very nice piece and would look great in any
Marked: Mre d'
Armes de St. Etienne 1874
.50 Spencer cartridges for the Model 1865 Spencer Carbine
Here are two very nice non excavated cartridges for the M1865 Spencer
Carbine. Neither of these two are headstamped. The M1865 was used very
late in the war and was carried over into the Indian War period.
Approx: 1.582" and 1.617"
Dean Thomas, "Roundball to Rimfire No. 3" Pg. 390-391
Price: $30.00 each one left
New York State Seal Button (Indian War Period)
Nice non dug New York coat button. This is the post war type with the
wider rim. This is probably from a NYSM coat.
MF'G Co */ WATERBURY" dm inner ring of dots.
Indian War/Spanish American Collar/Sleeve Bars
Here are two very nice collar/sleeve bars. Both of them are about the
same length and style but very in color. Each bar comes with a Civil War
period cuff button resting in place. This style of bar with the ornate
rim pattern is seen on clothing from the New York National Guard. These
pieces may be Spanish American or may be slightly earlier. These would
make a great addition to any insignia collection.
Measures: 1" x
Price: $45.00 Each