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The blockaded South suffered a severe leather shortage. In order to relieve this shortage and direct available leather towards shoes, which Stonewall was using up at an unprecedented rate, rifle slings were made from cotton. Due to the blockade, cotton was in great supply. Making the most of what was at hand, two-inch linen was folded double and hand stitched down each edge. Small amounts of leather were then sewn on, to form the end loop and adjustment strip. A doubled, iron, wire keeper was then sewn onto the end to serve as adjuster. The completed product was totally Confederate made and was serviceable.
It is often assumed that the differing lengths of a carbine and a rifle-musket would require different length slings, but though the carbine and rifle-musket lengths differ greatly, the sling swivels are approximately the same distance apart.
This particular example is in perfect condition throughout; it even retains its sliding keeper band. It would be literally impossible to acquire a better example.