I know of one of these that is sitting in the Atlanta History Center. Several folks have copied it. My question is what is the story on how many of these things made it over here during the war? To which army? And is this the correct pattern? There is no provenance on the one at AHC that I know of. Been looking at photos of French troops in the Crimea and can't make it out. I did find photos of one dated 1830-1840 on a French Antique militaria site (yes in France). It looked a bit different than the ones out there. The repros look more like the model 1893, that was tarred and later went to canvas for WW1.
Or could it be that the French were much like the Brits when it came to their gear and only did minor changes as opposed to us Americans that changed about every 10-15 yrs....drastically.
I am just curious...and yes have spent time researching.