Original Pre-WWI U.S. 11th Cavalry Marked Leather Holster for S&W M1905 .38cal Revolver by R.I.A. – Dated 1904
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Original Item: Only One Available. This is something we have rarely seen before! This is a Pre-WWI US Army Leather Belt Cavalry Holster for the S&W M1905 Revolver in .38 Special. This is essentially a slightly smaller of the later M1909 holster for the larger frame .45 caliber revolvers.
The holster is in good condition, with the leather still soft, though it is now quite dark in color due to age and use. It was probably also exposed to a lot of oil from pistols over the years. It is complete, including the almost always missing leg tie down, and all stitching and rivets are intact as well, though there is verdigris buildup.
It has a worn US oval logo on the front of the holster, indicating military issue. Even better than that is the unit marking stamped into the top flap:
11 – Cav.
This would indicate issue to the U.S. Army 11th Cavalry Regiment, B company. There looks to originally have been a 14 at the bottom, but it was overstamped at some point.
On the rear of the holster there are additional markings: