Original U.S. WWI Cavalry M1904 Rifle Saddle Scabbard For 1903 Springfield - Unit Marked
Interestingly enough, the military scabbards used during the Indian Wars and those used up to and after World War I had something in common: the McClellan saddle. The saddle was designed by George B. McClellan, a career officer in the U.S. Army, in 1859. The McClellan saddle was used by cavalrymen for many years, and while the rifle those troopers carried changed, their riding equipment remained much the same. The McClellan saddle is still used today by the U.S. Army.
This rifle scabbard was known as the M1904, or Model 1904, and would have been paired with the M1904 incarnation of the McClellan saddle. The scabbard was designed to carry the Springfield M1903 rifle, the standard issue American rifle used during World War I. Near the opening of the scabbaSenior officers often had custom tailored uniforms including custom made jackets in the same style of the Ike Jacket.rd is evidence that there was a unit disk, but has long since fallen off and disappeared to time. There are a few stamps in the leather, but sadly not all of them can be read. Luckily, the most important stamp featured on this scabbard is the unit identifying stamp.
The following can be found towards the top opening of the scabbard:
Unfortunately the last part of the unit stamp is unreadable. Whether it is 18th Infantry, or 18th Cavalry we do not know.
The condition of the scabbard is definitely well worn but does not display any significant damage besides the expected leather degradation and shrinkage. The leather straps, stitching and brass fittings are all still present and without any serious damage.
This would make for a wonderful addition to Pre War or Early War U.S. Cavalry displays, especially if you have an old McClellan saddle lying around!
M1903 Springfield History
The M1903 Springfield, officially the United States Rifle, Caliber .30-06, Model 1903, is an American five-round magazine-fed, bolt-action service repeating rifle, used primarily during the first half of the 20th century.
The M1903 was first used in combat during the Philippine–American War, and it was officially adopted by the United States as the standard infantry rifle on June 19, 1903, where it saw service in World War I, and was replaced by the faster-firing semi-automatic eight-round M1 Garand starting in 1936. However, the M1903 remained in service as a standard issue infantry rifle during World War II, since the U.S. entered the war without sufficient M1 rifles to arm all troops. It also remained in service as a sniper rifle during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. It remains popular as a civilian firearm, historical collector's piece, a competitive shooting rifle, and as a military drill rifle.
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