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Original pre-1885 slings?
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January 11, 2023 - 7:21 pm
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Though this is related to my most recent thread, thought a new one might be better. Does anyone have any photos/measurements they would be willing to share of original pre-1885 Winchester factory slings? I know they were rare to start with, and I’m sure originals are few and far between- but I sure would like to be able to reproduce them as close as I can for a personal project. Hardware, leather weight/finish, etc. I’ve got a couple catalog reprints on the way from Cornell- no idea if those will help. Many thanks!

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Jordan Goodwin said I’ve got a couple catalog reprints on the way from Cornell- no idea if those will help. Many thanks!
  

Not if they’re earlier than the mid-1890s.  Your best bet is photos posted here.  The leather is easily duplicated, your problem will be the buckle.

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clarence said

Jordan Goodwin said I’ve got a couple catalog reprints on the way from Cornell- no idea if those will help. Many thanks!

  

Not if they’re earlier than the mid-1890s.  Your best bet is photos posted here.  The leather is easily duplicated, your problem will be the buckle.

  

That’s exactly what I’m afraid of- but first I need to know what buckle! Laugh

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Jordan Goodwin said

  That’s exactly what I’m afraid of- but first I need to know what buckle! Laugh

  

Luckily, it wouldn’t be the patented roller-buckle, which would be impossible to replicate.  Probably some simple buckle such as harness-makers were using at the time, & are still available in leather-work & equestrian catalogs.

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