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Artillery Driver's Leg Guard



 
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Artillery Driver's Leg Guard
  
Worn by the Limber driver to protect his inside leg from the limber pole. Our version is made of 100% U.S. Leather, with the iron plate.
  
As described in the United States Army Ordnance Manual of 1861:  1 body of strong kip leather, 2 layers, sewed to the upper and lower part of the body with four seams; 4 leg-straps, 4 buckles No. 10 and 4 standing-loops, sewed to the body: the billet-ends pass through slits in the body; 1 foot-strap, sewed to the bottom of the body, at both ends; 1 plate, (iron,) 0.1 inch thick, riveted to the body with five rivets.
  
One driver was assigned to each pair of horses, riding on the left horse and holding reins for it and the other horse. Skilled riders were required for this service, which combined the daring of the cavalry troopers with the precision teamwork expected of the artilleryman. Drivers were issued a leg-guard, an iron plate encased in leather and strapped to the right leg to prevent the limber pole from injuring them.
Made in the U.S.A.

 

Original, near mint Artillery Leg Guard


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