This is an honest set of Watertown Arsenal leather equipment all dated 1864, including the 1855 bayonet.
All of the leather accoutrements in this rig are all Watertown Arsenal marked and dated “1864.” These items do not have that “put together” look, and I believe they have always been an original issue rig.
The waist belt retains its original brass keeper, and is marked on the back side of the belt into the bridle leather surface. Overall crackling and wear to leather; the oval U.S. buckle has no markings in the lead backing, and has a nice untouched patina.
The cap box is marked on the inner flap, and has a “24” stamped on the center of the flap. This might be an equipment no., but it is rather a fancier style stamp and may very well be the regiment number. A fair amount of the wool fleece remains within the box.
A bridle leather scabbard, has an additional marking of “U.S.” below the arsenal marking on the back side of the frog. The tip is held tightly in place, and the stitching on the scabbard is fine. An 1855 pattern socket bayonet marked “US” shows blemishing, light pitting sporadicly on the blade surface, and generally is smooth and untouched, other than being whipped down with some oil, etc.
Overall the leather pieces are very good or better, and all have been whipped down with a leather treatment product; not heavily though thank goodness.
A real nice honest set of accoutrements; all you need is the Watertown “61 pattern box. No history with this set.