Original U.S. WWII M1 Garand Rifle Leather Jeep Scabbard With Securing Straps by BOYT

Item Description

Original Item: Only one available. This is an excellent service used condition M1 Garand rigid leather scabbard by Boyt Harness Company, which is dated but can’t be read. We have seen a few of these before, but never one in this wonderful condition, with all parts intact and included. The stitching is complete, all rivets present, and the original "blacked" finish on the cocking lever guard is almost completely intact. Both securing straps present, complete with buckles and functional snap hooks. The leather itself is also quite nice, with a beautiful aged russet brown color. It's unlikely that we'll see a better one anytime soon.

These scabbards were used to attach to Jeeps, motorcycles, horses and other transportation equipment. This kept the rifle at the ready, while also keeping it well secured and protected. This fine example is marked:

(Date faded)

The Boyt Harness Company was founded in 1901, in Des Moines, Iowa, to manufacture leather saddles and harnesses, and quickly became known as the regional leader in quality products for the farmer and stockman. As word spread of the pride and craftsmanship with which Boyt products were made, the company was soon the standard bearer for leather products nationwide.

Boyt expanded its line of leather products for the first time during World War I, when it contracted with the United States Government to supply leather goods to the American forces fighting overseas. These initial military contracts included Boyt's first production run of gun cases, holsters, and rifle slings. At the start of World War II, the Boyt Harness Company again contracted with the U.S. Government to design and manufacture high quality military equipment including Jeep scabbards, holsters, ammo belts, and paratrooper carbine cases. The production of wartime leather products made Boyt one of the largest employers in Iowa.

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