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The pouch was made by Rock Island Arsenal, it is stamped on the reverse, "R.I.A. 1908 H.E.K". It measures 3 1/2 inches high and about 2 inches wide, as seen in the pictres it is a semi circular shape with a single belt loop.

Anyone have any ideas as to what it is for?

 

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It's beautifully made as was all the leather goods they made back then. HEK was the inspector of that period....I've seen those initials on bayonet and bolo scabbards. But I don't have a clue what it's made for.....I'd assume it was made to carry some piece of equipment, I don't think it's an ammo pouch or anything such as that.

 

Greg

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Hi Greg

 

I agee, I do not think it is for ammo due to the semi circular shape.

I have owned it for a number of years and would love to find out what went in it.

 

Kurt.

 

Isn't that a pouch for carrying empty half moon clips?

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That is a neat piece, and one that I have never encountered before. It does not show up in the Description of M1910 Infantry Equipment nor in the Manual of Horse Equipments of 1908. Randy Steffen's Cavalry Books do not show it either. I suspect it is not infantry or cavalry and is not small arms related.

 

I suspect it holds a tool of some sort, perhaps a Signal Corps, Artillery or Medical. device Note that it does not have Eagle snaps as much of the personal equipment did during this time frame.

 

I will be interested to learn more about this. I hope someone can give a positive ID.

 

Charlie Flick

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By coincidence and luck I have been able to identify what the pouch was for, via another web site and a link, it appears to be a leather case for a Weldon range finder.

Thanks to everyone that replied.

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Dragoon:

 

I am glad to hear that you figured it out. I suspected it might be artillery related, but I have to say that I was not familiar with the Weldon Range Finder. However, I have learned that the Rock Island Armory Museum has one in its collection. Here is a photo of their example with the pouch pulled off the website of surplusrifle.com.

 

Regards,

Charlie

 

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