Original U.S. WWI Cavalry Field Gear Lot - 6 Items
Original Items: Only One Lot of 6 Available. The United States Cavalry, or U.S. Cavalry was the designation of the mounted force of the United States Army by an act of Congress on 3 August 1861. This act converted the U.S. Army's two regiments of dragoons, one regiment of mounted riflemen, and two regiments of cavalry into one branch of service. The cavalry branch transitioned to the Armored Forces with tanks in 1940, but the term "cavalry", e.g. "armored cavalry", remains in use in the U.S. Army for mounted (ground and aviation) reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition (RSTA) units based on their parent Combat Arms Regimental System (CARS) regiment. Cavalry is also used in the name of the 1st Cavalry Division for heraldic/lineage/historical purposes. Some combined arms battalions (i.e., consisting of a combination of tank and mechanized infantry companies) are designated as armor formations, while others are designated as infantry organizations. These "branch" designations are again, heraldic/lineage/historical titles derived from the CARS regiments to which the battalions are assigned.
The Lot Includes The Following Items:
Dismounted M1910 Cartridge Belt: for the M1903 Springfield Rifle maker marked by RUSSELL. The pouches no longer have any markings, but the connecting strap has the Russell trademark logo, and the brass fittings on the connecting belt do not have any markings. The belt is faded and stained, a strong indication of honest use during WWI and possibly WWII.
M1912 Matching Cavalry Ration Bags: These ration bags were apart of Cavalry experimental equipment which unfortunately ended in failure. The set consists of 2 bags and were used to carry rations for the Cavalrymen. The two bags lace together and could be worn on the back with the two front straps attached to a cartridge belt. While being a failure for use in the Cavalry, they became standard issue with hospital corpsman equipment. The M1910 haversack was awkward in nature and unsuitable for use by the corpsmen. They needed easy access to extra medical supplies and the M1912 ration bags were perfect. Both bags are clearly marked and dated with Long and 11/18.
M1917 Mounted Cavalry Leggings: The leggings appear to have never been worn or issued out, but there is fading and crazing to the leather due to age and long time storage.
Pair of M1911 Cavalry Spurs: The spurs are english style and are unmarked. The leather and buckles on both are still solid and complete and show signs of little to no use and wear.
This is a wonderful opportunity to add a lovely group of items to your cavalry collections from the Great War. Whether you are a seasoned collector or are interested in starting and don’t know where to begin, this grouping is perfect for you!
Comes ready to display.
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