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Civil War Leather---and some other stuff.

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George Armstrong Custer having a chat with some of his friends.

 

 

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Collecting leather is all part of the game.

 

 

David

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It is interesting to look at period photos of Civil War soldiers.

Judging from the different non-regulation holsters seen there were a huge number of varied side arms that were privately purchased by officers as well as by enlisted men that were not intended to carry hand guns.

 

It appears that the photographic opportunities provided soldiers the option of adding various pistols/ knives etc. that may not have been relevant to their every day duties.

 

There is no question that leather accoutrements deteriorated during the rigors of that military reality, so it is always nice to find leather stuff that survived in decent shape.

 

As with firearms in nice shape,….. Nice leather comes at an elevated cost.

This applies to leather/canvas accessories from all major bygone conflict periods.

 

David

 

 

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Why this soldier would be posing with a saber bayonet and this small pistol is puzzling?

 

 

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Those portraits are some of the most amazing I have seen. The detail and quality is very cool!


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R.I.P. Commander Dan Shanower, KIA 9/11/01

"Freedom Isn't Free" US Naval Institute, Proceedings, 1997

 

 

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David,

Outsatnding items and post as usual.Never diappointed!!! those period pictures are first rate.I really like them al but my favorite has to be the one infantry sergeant in the kepi.I like the way he has his pipe store on the kepi,the way the blanket is wrapped and the overa look ...pure classic.

 

As for the picture with sword and small pistol I woul guess these were possibly provided by the photographer?I have read where the photograher would have props availble.Maybe this is why he has the sword.

 

RON


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Thanks 316th FS 324th and Ron.

 

I really enjoy finding these period C.W. photos.....I am always on the lookout for more.

 

There is no doubt that facial hair was "in" in those days and a lot of these fellows look older than they probably were.

 

And on the other side of the scale.....some of them look really young.

 

I agree with you Ron,....I think some of the photographers got a bit creative with some of their props.

 

Photos to send back to mom and dad and the sweetheart ....perhaps?

 

 

 

Amongst all the other Civil War leather accoutrements, bayonet scabbards often took a real beating.

 

Shown below are a few scabbards that I own that fared reasonably well,….as did the bayonets they carried.

 

David

 

 

Scabbard for the Dahlgren 1861 knife bayonet.

 

 

 

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Scabbard for the "Mississippi" U.S. Model 1841 rifle saber bayonet.

 

 

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Scabbard and frog for the Enfield 1853 rifled musket bayonet.

 

 

 

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Scabbard for the U.S. Model 1842 musket socket bayonet.

 

 

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Model 1855 socket bayonet with scabbard for most of the U.S. rifled muskets.

 

 

 

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The influence on the physical appearance of the troops from the top......no wonder there was so much facial hair...it was the style of the day!

 

Lee.

 

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Grant

 

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Dahlgren.

 

 

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Sherman.

 

 

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The men in the field.

 

 

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Having a few sips in a quiet moment.

 

Smoking was O.K. back then.

 

 

George Armstrong Custer with his dog .....which he is often photographed with.

 

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Collapsing pewter officers drinking cup with liquor flask. (With Japanned cup storage container.)

 

 

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David

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This was then.

 

 

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This is now.

 

 

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There are fewer beards in the current military and in the White House than there once was.

(Changing times....I guess!)

 

Both of these guys are (were) the top guns at critical points in U.S. history.

It is all good.

 

 

David

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Nice photos David. CW photos of soldiers w/weapons are always a treat to see, Ray


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