This is anoriginal Rock Island Arsenal marked U.S. Cavalry M1887 "Trapdoor Springfield" Carbine Boot Scabbard. OrI have also seen itreferred toas a CavalryCarbine Saddle Boot. I believe that besides the Springfield Carbine it would also accommodate a Spencer or Sharps Carbine. These Carbine Boots / Scabbards were designed to be attached to a McClellan saddle -- and this is how I acquired it, as it had been attached to a M1904 saddle that I recently received (I have that particular saddle offeredcurrentlyon a separate listing). The purpose of this Cavalry Carbine Boot Scabbard was tokeep the rider's Carbine steady as he was riding. From what I have read the rider actually still carriedthe Carbine by a sling over his shoulder, but the Carbine would rest in the Carbine boot to stabilize it. If the rider had to dismount in a hurry the Carbine would easily slide right out of the boot with out requiring any unnecessaryor time consuming effortfrom the rider (who would have still had it slung over his shoulder).
This Carbine Bootis clearly marked "Rock Island Arsenal" on one side, as seen in the third picture. On the bottom of the Boot it is marked "J.H.K." as seen in the fourth picture. Each of the straps are marked with what looks like the letters of"A.H.", but that marking on each of the straps is hard to see (picture #5). These markings on the straps are locatedright where the stitches areon each of the straps and just to the right of the leather strap keeper. The boot has a brass top front guard/ brass throat which helps to distinguish it from the plain leathered M1885 boots.
I have cleaned the boot and have treated it with a special conditioner designed especially for antique leather, highly recommended for the care of antique leather Cavalry items as it does not harm either the stitches or the leather. The straps are still pliable enough to be able to buckle them quite easily, although the straps do have a lot of cracking of the leather as shown in pictures #9 & #10. There is an area on the top rim of the boot where the leather's edge has been damaged some and I have tried to show this in the last two pictures (#11 & #12). There is also some surface cracking of the leather of the boot itself as seen in some of the close-up pictures.
The total length of the boot is 13 1/2".Considering it's age I do believe that this particular boot is in pretty good condition over-all and it certainly would be a great addition to anyone's collection of antique Cavalry items. It is missing the optional third strap which has been cut off as best seen in the sixth picture, but then again this was an optional strap and the rider must have chosen to remove it as apparently he deemed it unnecessaryfor the boots use.
This M1887 CavalryCarbine Boot / Scabbard is being sold "no returns" and I'll be happy to answer any questions. Also if anyone would like any additional pictures I can easily send them some.
buyers from the U.S. only please and payment would be appreciated with-in4 days after the sale ends. Thank-you.