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Very impressive. I saw a Navy 1889 Pattern Cartridge Box with the wooden cartridge pack sell at auction the other day for $2450. Other than the one in your rig pictured it was the only one I have ever seen.
Here are some in more or less chronological order.

An early 1870,s Cavalry rig with reissue post 1863 holster a field made Scout Belt and US 1st Richards Conversion.




A Model 1872 Light Artillery Enlisted Man Belt with a Model 1879 Holster, Pistol ammo pouch and HN Calvary revolver.





A Model 1882 Cavalry Belt (Metcalf Belt) with a 1st version Model 1881 Holster, and a Model 1885 Prairie Belt.





A 4th Cavalry rig with a Unit marked 50 loop Model 1885 Prairie Belt, a 3rd issue Model 1881 Holster and a HN Cavalry revolver.





A Cavalry Officers rig with a Model 1886 Officer Pistol Belt, a Model 1881 Forsyth Holster, McGeever 45-70 Ammo Box and a HN Calvary revolver.





A New York Militia rig with a enlisted man Belt, a 45-70 NY issued ammo box and a NY Militia issued Cavalry Revolver.




A US Volunteer rig with a USV buckled belt, a pistol ammo pouch (converted from a CW cap pouch), a 3rd issue Model 1881 Holster shortened for Artillery revolver use, a 100 loop 30-40 Mills belt and an Artillery revolver.




A Model 1889 Navy Holster, a Model 1889 Navy Pistol Pack with Colt Speed Loaders and a Model 1895 Navy DA revolver.

 

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I have a feeling my USN holster is pretty valuable, and I best not carry one of my Officer's Models in it in the field. Don't know how much, but I see them pretty high.
 

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U.S. FLAP HOLSTER W/DUAL HOLES THAT FASTEN OVER BRASS STUD. SIMILAR TO 1906-08 DESIGNS SHOWN IN E. SCOTT MEADOWS BOOK, EXCEPT W/TWO HOLES IN FLAP. SCOTT CONFIRMED THIS AS A COLT M1892 HOLSTER, A TYPE SEEN BEFORE, BUT HASN'T IDENTIFIED THE OTHER REVOLVER. RETAINS PART OF LEATHER STRIP THRU BELT LOOP FOR TYING TO A CARTRIDGE BELT. HAS LONG BELT LOOP (FOR 30-40 WOVEN BELT), W/3 RIVETS & SEWED TO BACK. LEFT HAND. FORWARD ANGLE. BTM PLUGGED. SMALL BRASS LANYARD MISSING FROM BTM PLUG, LEAVING A DRAIN HOLE. THE "US" IN OVAL ON POUCH WAS WEAK STRUCK ON LEFT SIDE. LOWER FLAP STAMPED "E. H. / 24TH CO / K", WITH ANOTHER "K" ON BACK OF BELT LOOP.

These 24th Infantry Co. K black troops were sent to the Philippines in 1905 and 1911.
 

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Military style flap holster, made of medium weight leather. Full flap snaps down w/brass snap. Pouch & flap are integral. Has 2-1/4" x 1-7/8" wide loop for 2-3/16" belt secured to back of pouch with 4 black rivets. 90º angle. Open btm, pouch stitched. Embossed line border on flap, btm of pouch, & belt loop only. Outer mid section of pouch reads "H.M.S. / 31E20 / E8511" as distinctly written with stylus into surface. No other markings & no "US". Smooth black pliable leather. Pouch has very bold imprint of M1878DA with large TG & 6" bbl. Came with mixed number re-blued U.S. 45 x 6" SN 46091. No crazed surfaces, age of holster not determined.
 

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Military flap holster made of medium thick leather. Left hand draw or butt forward. Flap fastens down over brass stud w/1" wide slotted leather tab as sewn onto flap. Top of flap at fold is 7" wide. A 2-3/8" wide belt loop (for up to 2-1/4" belt) is secured w/3 rivets to back of pouch, plus stitching. Severe (~45º) forward angle. All stitching sound. Bottom plug has been knocked out. Dark brown. On belt loop is a very readable “E. Gaylord / Chicopee / Mass.” on flap. Colt M1860 contours are evident.
 

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M1874 (a.k.a. M1872) U.S. LEATHER MILITARY BELT W/RECTANGULAR "US" BRASS BUCKLE. THIS ONE HAS ADDITIONAL 2" BELT SECTIONS ON EITHER SIDE OF BUCKLE W/BRASS LINKAGE W/SUSPENDER LOOPS ON TOP. SOUND STITCHING. BELT HAS MODERATE CRAZING, ADDED HOLES, & HEAVY WEAR NEAR BRASS LINKS. NO REGIMENTAL MARKINGS OR NUMBERS ON BUCKLE OR BELT. BLACK.
 

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M1874 (a.k.a. M1872) U.S.-TYPE LEATHER MILITARY BELT W/RECTANGULAR "N. G. P." (NATIONAL GUARD PENNSYLVANIA) BRASS BUCKLE. SOUND STITCHING. BELT HAS MODERATE CRAZING, ADDED HOLES, & HEAVY WEAR IN PLACES. BRASS BUCKLE CATCH IS STAMPED "887". NO REGIMENTAL MARKINGS OR NUMBERS ON BELT. BLACK. ORIGINAL SLIDING LEATHER LOOP KEEPER.
 

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Mills cartridge belt & buckle. The woven belt is 3-1/8" wide x 33" long, with 13" of add'l length tucked under & showing some sewn leather on ends. Belt is very dark grey with 45 woven (not sewn) loops that easily fit the 30-40 cartridge (may fit 45-70). Loops are 2-1/6" tall. Back side of belt is rubber stamped "C 5" in light brown paint & has 4 vertically centered brass eyelets spotted closer to buckle catch end. Belt has slightest fraying on two loops at bottom, otherwise seems unused. Belt has round brass loops at each end for attachment to buckle, & two other brass loops to keep unused belt ends tucked under as adjusted. Came with M1890 "H" type Mills cast brass buckle with 1/8" wide oval around "US" and 1/8" border around buckle edges. Cast buckle is 3-3/8" tall x 2-1/2" wide, & "US" is 5/8" tall. Buckle is unmarked except for tiny "HH" scratched on upper front. Capt Anson Mills of 10th cavalry obtained approval of his 1880 design.
 

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The 1885 pattern holster for the Colt SAA and Smith & Wesson Schofield. This pattern has a large loop for the wider Mills cartridge belt. Back side of belt loop is stamped "Lanz, Owens & Co./ Chicago". Bottom of pouch has sewn end plug.
 

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The so-called "Ropes pattern", made using old Civil War pouches w/new flap & short "cowboy" skirt. Single 1/2" loop riveted to skirt. Also 10 cartridge loops sewn to pouch top under flap. Has 1-1/4" tab riveted on flap to fasten down over brass stud. Unusual right hand draw. Forward angle. Btm plug w/drain hole. Faint large "US" in oval on flap. Lwr left of flap stamped "A N Y(?) / 446". Black. In exceptional condition for one of these. Believed made at San Antonio Arsenal for issue at Fort Ringgold on trial. Capt. Jas. Ropes (8th Cav) wrote critique letter on this holster from Fort Ringgold in 1883.

Fort Ringgold is near Rio Grande City, and currently in use as a high(?) school there.
 

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