ORIGINAL US PATTERN 1859 MCCLELLAN SADDLE

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Saddle is complete with the blanket and coat straps which are usually missing. Over all the saddle is in excellent condition.

The seat has the original rawhide covering with black bridle leather skirts held to the seat by 14 brass screws on each side. Rawhide seat shows one narrow split on the right side otherwise it is very nice.

Saddle has both front rings and both crupper rings at rear but there is no crupper present. Two iron-footed staples for coat straps are screwed to the front of the saddle by two brass screws each. Coat straps are present and in good condition. At the rear of the saddle there are two more iron-footed staples for anchoring the saddlebags. The back cantle of the seat has three mortises protected on each side by an oval brass guard held in place by brass nails. All three of the rare coat/blanket straps are present and in good condition. Front cantle has one central mortise protected by a blank brass saddle shield. This mortise also has its strap.

Riveted onto the saddle are the two large quarter straps that each hold an un-spaded “D” ring. (Spaded “D” rings came in late in 1863.) This “D” ring supports the leather girth strap. The offside quarter strap also supports a leather carbine socket. Attached to the rear quarter strap behind the seat is an iron saddlebag stud. The near side girth strap which is attached to the “D” ring is 45.50 inches long while the strap on the off side is 16.50 inches long. The actual leather girth that attached the two aforementioned straps is present. Each end has a heavy roller buckle and leather keeper. One end also has a “D” ring in front of the buckle. This piece has a crazed surface on the leather and the hardware shows surface dirt and light rust. One leather keeper is broken and the end seam stitching has separated some. The central seam is holding tight.

Also present are the leather hooded stirrups made of white oak or hickory with maple transoms. Each leather hood is held to the stirrup by three rivets on each side. Stirrups are adjusted by japanned iron box buckles. Attached to each stirrup strap is a triangular stirrup leather or “sweat leathers.” These are attached by passing the stirrup strap through two leather loops attached to the sweat leathers.

Overall condition is excellent for something of this bulk and this age. The underside of the seat has good rawhide. Leather is in some places skirts as well as stirrup straps show wear and some crazing. Some leather also shows small amounts of surface finish loss.

Also with the saddle is a long thin canvas bag marked “13” and “TPG.” And is tied at center and at one end. Bag meas. approx. 25.00 inches long x 6.50 inches wide.

There were no markings observed during this write up but a close examination by the next owner may reveal inspector’s initials on the near side iron stirrup hanger.  [AD]

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