ARTILLERY LIMBER POLE YOKE

$595.00

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Item Code: 476-106

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A very uncommon Civil War artillery artifact, this iron pole yoke was only used with horse teams pulling an artillery limber. The yoke was designed to prevent the limber pole from spearing either rear wheel horse when the sharp reverse turn was executed to place the cannon in battery. This is the same reason why a cushioned pad covered the end of the limber pole (as extra protection).  Horse teams pulling a standard supply wagon or ambulance did not require these safeguards.

The yoke is in very good condition, but it has been painted black to prevent corrosion.  The buyer could easily remove this new paint if desired. Please see the attached illustration to see how the pole yoke was attached to the rear horses (the limber pole yoke is shown in the bottom left illustration). Note that the two sliders depicted in the illustration are also still present on the yoke. The yoke arms also still freely articulate as designed.

The central collar measures approx. 4.25 inches long with a removable iron pin which would anchor it to the limber pole. Despite the rest of the yoke being original this pin is a modern reproduction. Extending either on side of the collar are 21.50-inch arms.

An excellent opportunity to own a rarely encountered artillery artifact!  [SK/AD]

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