I'd like to elaborate on something that caught my eye. Puckman's rig appears to be "tubed" to accommodate Martini Henry cartridges while Stuarts example is more reminiscent of .303. The tubes on Puckman's extend past the lower edge of the "flaps", larger, deeper, longer. However on Stuarts example they extend to meet the lower edge more in tune with the .303 round. This is not a knock on anything or anyone's post merely a comparison. Compare my examples to see what I mean... the top bandolier is dated 1882 and "tubed" for the Martini Henry (which I believe puckman's is also), the bottom example (same type as Stuart's) is dated 1900 and "tubed" for the .303. Onward....
For further confirmation in narrowing this down, Pukman...can you tell us if the studs for the securing flaps are mounted through a cartridge tube, or mounted between two tubes? And again the type of metal fittings used. I'll try to locate some pics of Lumsden's Horse as they also carried the Martini Henry in the early stages of the Boer War. It's not to say it couldn't be Australian or New Zealand, but at least we'll know what round it carried and can narrow down who went into battle with what weapon.
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