US Cavalry carbine rifle scabbard Springfield or Krag?

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  • Item Category: Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Apr 29,2007
  • Channel: Online Auction

I was told this is a U.S. Cavalry scabbard however after scounring the internet for a couple of hours over it, I've decided to just go ahead and list it and perhaps someone will tell me what it is.

The scabbard is early, possibly 1901-1910 and although I know a lot of them were stamped RIA for Rock Island or some other arsenals I can't find anything marked on it. T is also no US cartouche that I can find. The only marks are the numbered loops that hold the straps.

When I purchased this at auction t were several McClellan Saddles in the lot and I am guessing they came from the same consignor, but whether or not they were attached to one of the saddles I can't say.

The leather on the scabbard is in excellent condition. T is some good honest wear and signs of use but the leather is firm as all getout and the stitching is superb and intact. I gave it an application of Blackrock and just look at that shine! Original hardware includes a swivel hook at the butt end w it would have attached to a saddle plus two adjustable leather straps that also have snap hooks. The straps and buckles have some age to them however I don't know if they're original to the scabbard or not.

The only markings I can find are the little leather keeper loops on the scabbard that hold the straps in place. They have markings on them of 1 and 2 respectively. You can plainly see them in the pictures. Loop 1 is closest to the top and t is no strap through it. Loop 2 has a strap. The third strap just runs through a slot near the toe of the scabbard.

The old copper rivets have age-appropriate amount of verdegris and patina and in fact the entire scabbard is really attractive with even patination and darkening of the original russet leather.

are the measurements:

Outside, on the top edge: 29" in length. Bottom edge 24". Widest point 6 1/2". Depth of bolt housing 5" max.

Is it possible this fits a Springfield or Krag? Having neither on hand it's not possible for me to know but you collectors out t will know. As soon as someone advises me I'll be happy to update the information.

Lots of photos below but if you have any other questions please don't hesitate to contact me.

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