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Re: anyone seen Cowans auction...
Posted by frontierwest on Tuesday, 18 October 2011, at 10:47 p.m., in response to Re: anyone seen Cowans auction..., posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 18 October 2011, at 10:24 p.m.
THe one my friend found had the markings much like the m1859 Stuart attachment. I see the US on the one you viewed is the same too. They were typically issued one per company to the senior enlisted man, he would sight the target, call out the range and the proper order of fire. The goal was much like artillery call for fire where yo wanted a long and short creating a bracket. Then the entire formation would open up at the given distant during their volley fire. I do not know the earliest they were used, nor the latest. Seeing the dates on the one listed, they were a prized item up into the late 1880's. Would love to make some replicas.. I don't see originals (brass) ever come up except for this one. If you or anyone know of a brass one for sale, I'm in dire need or want. Not *g's worth though.
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