If you could take them one maniken at a time and describe the uniform, firearms and equipment that would be very interesting. I know little about uniforms and have developed a recent interest. Most of the uniforms I have had guns wrapped in them. I am glad I have saved the bit and pieces. The saddles are also interesting. Very impressive display and I was serious, better than most museums I have seen.
Is this kind of what you are looking or? The only problem I see is that most folks on this forum are more interested in WWII items and I'm afraid they wouldn't be that interested in the older stuff.
Any way, lets try tis, here is a 1880's IW Cav trooper and my inventory description of the display items.
IW 1880 FIGURE
34. CW CARBINE SLING. Black harness leather with deeply stamped US ordinance inspection marks on the leather, and a large brass buckle and brass tip. Complete with a snap hook with the makers name (O.B. North),stamped on it. This is an all original and uncut over the shoulder sling rig that is not a surplus item in that it shows actual field use where the leather has shrunk from being exposed to the elements and being wet. The leather has age cracks but no flaking and the metal is in excl condt.
54. MOD 1874/85 SHOEMAKER BIT, HEAD STALL, & REINS, rare complete set, includes original leather curb strap. Shoemaker bit with small US rosettes, all black leather with brass buckles, and bullseye brass rossettes on head stall. The bit and leather are in strong excl condition.
240. CW GLOVES/GAUNTLETS, light tan leather gloves with large cuffs (6" X 6-1/2") in near mint condition , They have a feed and livery name ink stamped inside cuffs. Gauntlets were privately purchased by soldiers in the CW. Size 9-1/2
280. MODEL 1883 OVERSHIRT. A rare, regulation issue, blue wool, three button pullover shirt. The shirt is 100% original and matches government specifications. The hard rubber buttons had been replaced with 1883 eagle buttons, A super rare shirt, only a hand full of them are still in existence. There is some minor period re-stitching on the collar and one or two minor repairs in the material. Overall the shirt is in excl condt.
288. MODEL 1880 HUNTING KNIFE. The knife has a wooden handle with a brass guard that is stamped US & Springfield, serial # 3476. Itís in a leather scabbard with a brass hook. The hook is stamped R.I.A., Excl condt.
289. SPRINGFIELD 45-70 CARBINE, 1884 model, serial #379599. Metal has sharp corners with no pitting and an excl bore. Faded case colors on receiver and breech block, brown bbl. The stock is un-sanded and has an 1887 cartouche. Complete with a M1883 milled front sight cover. (Itís missing the retaining screw). Has an original three piece 45/70 cleaning rod in the butt. Overall in exc. condt
287. COLT MODEL SAA 1873 CAVALRY REVOLVER. 45 Long Colt cal, original length 7-1/2" bbl. US marked and DFC inspector's stamps on bbl, cylinder and frame, along with other appropriate markings. Serial # 69527 matches on all parts, loading gate matches frame numbers The grips are dated 1881 and have traces of cartouches on each side.
291. MODEL 1881 HOLSTER. Black leather with a US in an oval on the body. The holster body is still solid not crushed, medium size belt loop. Made for the Colt and Schofield revolvers having two securing holes on the flap, the stencil markings under flap indicating which hole was for which revolver are still faintly visible, original bottom plug. Rock Island arsenal markings on flap are still visible but hard to read. excl condt.
297. CW BOOTS. Dark brown leather. Square toe, wooden pegged soles, 17-1/2" high in front and 14-1/2" in back, leather pull-ons, about size 8-9. The leather is strong and flexible and the boots could be worn. Exc. condition.
312. IW TROUSERS. Well made private purchase heavy wool sky blue 1882/85 pattern trousers with japanned suspender and fly buttons and belted back. Excl condt.
355. 1881/85 CAVALRY BELT. Tan canvas Mills belt made especially for cavalry. First identified in the 1885 Ordinance Memoranda No. 29, but actually made earlier. Large black leather billets that taper down to 1-1/2" wide with a small brass frame buckle, 2" X 2-1/8". On the left side is a leather billet with a brass "D" ring with a dismounted hook for the saber. The belt is the large size #2, with 50, 45 cal loops. Rock Island Arsenal markings are visible on the tip of the uncut billet. (itís rare to find a large size with uncut billets). The letter "E" and the number "6" are stamped in one billet. (Troop E, 6th trooper). The belt is loaded with nineteen (19), 45/55, 405 grain ďcarbineĒ copper cased cartridges, head stamped ďF - 1-87Ē, (Frankfort Arsenal, Jan. 1887). The belt is in excellent condition with no fraying and the cartridges have a nice patina but still retain much of their bright copper color
428. 1885 SABER STRAP ATTACHMENT. Similar to the CW Stuartís pattern with a large brass hook with one long and one short saber stap attached to it. Excl condt
537. 1885 CAMPAIGN HAT, regulation issue style, 6" crown complete with proper 5/8" hatband, 2-1/8" thin wide sweatband, snowflake side vents, and three lines of stitching on the brim, size about 7 to 7-1/8. There is almost no insect damage. The hat ribbon has some minor fraying and fading. Overall the hat is in VG - excellent used condt
514. 1860 CAVALRY SABER, Roby Mfg, dated 1865. VG plus condition blade with no pitting. The grip has 100% wire and leather intact. Most of the brass hilt is still covered with gold GAR paint and the scabbard has some dents but the metal has a nice untouched patina and no pitting. Overall condition is VG to Excellent