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Re: Trapdoor carbine boot

Posted by Pete Nelson on Friday, 1 April 2011, at 7:42 p.m., in response to Trapdoor carbine boot, posted by Ron Ketcham on Friday, 18 March 2011, at 7:03 p.m.

Here I am, Ron - - late again getting back to you (but for the same reason offered in nthe case of your question about the Colt Single-Action Army Revolver (S/N 112020).

I am not absolutely sure about whether there were also a number of private contractors also producing the Model 1884, 1885, and 1887 (the brass-throated variation) Carbine Boots in addition to ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL (I think some were made by our own ALLEGHENY ARSENAL here in the Lawrenceville Section of Pittsburgh - - within a stone's throw of songwriter Stephen Foster's birthplace). But I do know that the heavy leather CARBINE SOCKET (the round leather cylindrical ring which preceeded the CARBINE BOOT and which had attached to it a short leather belt section with a Japanned steel buckle which attached to the "D"-Ring of the cavalry trooper's saddle) was produced by no less than eight private military subcontractors. I have CARBINE SOCKETS in my accoutrements collection manufactured by no less than six different contractors, several of which bear the stamped initials of Government Inspectors.

I hope that this will help to (at least partially) answer your question.

With very best regards,

PETE


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