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A last photo of the grouping. Quality of the whole, and some layouts should be greatly enhanced from the earlier ones.





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hat could likely be the only item being not in the correct timeframe the other pieces comfortably are.  Decidedly a vintage beaver fur hat with ribbon-bound edge, civilian-made but very difficult to identify  -   headband too much deteriorated and also crudely repaired. Only legible are  3X BEA ...  (standing of course for beaver), I seriously doubt it's an original Stetson as made in late '800s or early '900s. 

Much likely it's later in my opinion.  Another chance is, could instead be a Stevens Company hat (they also manufactured hats in very similar fashion as Stetsons') but if so, that company didn't exist before 1917.

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Great looking set! Glad to see folks worldwide appreciating the American West, and the US Army in general in a very transitional time. The quantity of experimental equipment and field trials during this time frame is mind numbing. One could collect 1865-1898 and never complete it in 100 years.




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Thanx very much 'bender for appreciating.


As a sidenote for this topic, Cavalry carbine was the first 'Trapdoor'-style gun I got when I didn't think yet about a US Cavalryman set of equipment. Back then idea was, to be able through the time to get one specimen for each of the various models (and their variations?) composing this fascinating family but it turned out being not feasible for many a reason  -   would have been at least 10 different guns, maybe more.

Currently the collection includes four Trapdoors; however adding one Spencer Mod. 1865 carbine, one Sharps Mod. 1867 carbine and one Remington Mod. 1871 rifle there are seven pieces to make some history of long guns for the military section.

Here the four Springfields as they look currently:



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Forgot some tips about the four Springfield guns in the above photo:

rifle Mod. 1866 (this made in 1867),  rifle Mod. 1868 (made in 1870),  carbine Mod. 1877 (made in 1881) and  rifle Mod.1888 (made in late 1890).


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hello again

at last, a final change to the Cavalryman display and quite the very ultimate one. Since long ago I was looking for the two items I've found out very recently, both within a few weeks between  -    this was in my mind time ago but not easy at all, considering many a factor (in my personal instance at least).

The older blackish, commercial-made hat and the cavalry-style gauntlets, (they civilian-made too) will be much useful going to another displat; here the Cavalryman has just got a Pattern 1889 campaign hat in great condition, and a pair privately purchased riding gauntlets, Indian-made (Cree or Chippewa tribes) and decorated w/ very nice horseshoe motif.

Balance of equipment  -    Pattern 1890 blouse w/ Corporal chevrons, Trapdoor carbine w/ M-1885 sling, Schofield revolver in a Pattern 1881 (variant #3) holster, and Pattern 1885 cartridge belt w/ ammos,  -    remain the same as seen in previous photos. Hope you like them.


Gauntlets from very late 1890s or very early 1900s, sporting beadwork in shape of four horseshoes + those classic stripes on hand's back; seemingly not a too complicated job if compared to many others, yet in total some 3,940 small beads in four colors.  Each pierced to allow for a very thin thread to pass through.















Hat is an original 1889 Pattern in great shape, w/ typical 'snowflakes'-style side vents (somehow like a te-point star), plus original Pattern 1858 Cavalry hat cord for privates and NCOs; a couple super-tiny moth holes and nothing more. Drab fur felt (maybe nutria?) and two-row stitching on brim, denoting a very early specimen in transition from the Pattern 1883 hat.







Close-up of beads, stitching method is mostly of the so-called 'overlaid stitching' for the horseshoes and (I believe) the 'lazy stitching' for the six stripes. Most beads are rounded and the rest are faceted, overall a little less than 4,000 beads solidly tied to the two gauntlets   -   what an appalling amount of time must have required !!

Leather is still good and enough supple and so is beadwork, with no bead loss or loose threads.











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