POTD: U.S. Model 1910 Armorer’s Chest for the Model 1903 Rifle
Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! This is a very cool look back in time at a pre-World War One armorer’s chest purpose-built for the M1903 service rifle of the US military. It is neat to see something like this because this is extremely rare and one of those things that would end up being thrown out, worn out, or circulated out as time passed. A few of these were almost certainly in the western front, but most likely the military would have opted to just give the soldier a new gun before they would ever waste time and personnel repairing them.
“Measures 6 3/4″ tall, 14 1/2″ deep, 18” long green painted wooden chest with iron hardware. The shot sides of the chest are stenciled in back paint: “ARM REPAIR / CHEST M10 FOR / U.S. RIFLE M03″. The interior retains the compartments and tool cut-outs. Chest holds the following tools: a round file, a flat file, a three-square file, three wooden compartment screwdriver handles with manual choke locks (two have various heads), and vise.”
Lot 2012: Rare U.S. Model 1910 Armorer’s Chest for the Model 1903 Rifle [Photograph found in Auction Catalog #51, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved September 1, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/51/2012/rare-us-model-1910-armorers-chest-for-the-model-1903-rifle