Scarce Mark I first issue GS webbing rifle sling, manufactured by the American company Mills & Orndorff in the early 1900s.
This is the earliest pattern of British webbing sling, pre-dating the founding of the Mills Equipment Company. There were no dates marked on the sling, only the Mills & Orndorff markings as these were all that could be used by the UK subsiduary at that time. This remains the first issue sling available to British troops. It is shorter in length than later patterns, featuring short eyeletted brass stays and securing hooks. There are stamps for patent dates of 1889, 1893 and 1894.
The condition is generally good, with some denting and discolouration to the brasswork. The webbing is worn and faded yet remains strong with some overall grubby marks, minor ribbing and rust stains in places.
A very scarce early sling, ideal to fit onto an early rifle or display.
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