|View single post by Johan Steele|
|Posted: Mon Apr 30th, 2007 10:35 pm||
Life NRA,SUVCW # 48,Legion 352
|Typical bayonet scabbards were leather; though IIRC some imported sabre bayonets used wood w/ a leather covering.
Sword scabbards were typically steel, again though some private purchase scabbards were wood w/ a leather covering.
The enlisted mans Cav sword scabbard was steel; enlisted infantry bayonet scabard was leather w/ a brass tip.
I just took a minute to thumb through Echoes of Glory & saw nothing about any kind of scabbard made of either gutta percha or india rubber. That includes naval & marine gear.
I just don't see either Lil Mac or Johnston using veiled innuendo... not really the type of men to do such.
I myself wonder; might you have perhaps caught a blooper? It is also a possibility that the two were talking in hypotheticals. Neither Gutta Percha or India Rubber would stand up to abuse anywhere near as well as bridle leather... but as both were a relatively new commodity the men might have been indulging in a bit of their own what if's.
Just my two cents. If you find out anything please let me know as this has my curiousity up a touch as well.