REFERENCE BOOK – THE AMERICAN MILITARY SADDLE, 1776-1945 FROM THE LIBRARY OF THE LATE RON TUNISON

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This book is the first comprehensive coverage of the history of the American Military Saddle using actual photographs and official army drawings of original saddles and other horse equipment. In chronological order, the history of each specific area covered in its own chapter with fresh, insightful text based on in-depth research and period military documentation. SADDLES, SADDLE TREES, SADDLE BAGS, CANTLE BAGS and POMMEL POCKETS, BRIDLE BITS, STIRRUPS, SADDLE CLOTHS and SHABRAQUES, GIRTHS and SURCINGLES -- they are all comprehensively covered from the earliest days of the Revolutionary War to the final dismounting of the US mounted troops after World War II.  This book has over 900 photographs and drawings and answers many questions about design, construction, modification, production and production facilities, issue and disposal of horse equipment through our nation's history.

This has been the standard reference work for the collector, student, researcher, museum and antique dealer. A rare tome on the American military saddle. It is thoroughly researched and has excellent photographs.

By McPheeters & Dorsey. Published in 1999, 8 ½” x 11”, 420 pages.  Out of print and highly sought-after reference.

Ron Tunison (1947 – 2013) was born in Richmond Hill, N.Y., and was a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. He was a scholarship student at the NYC National Academy where he continued his sculpting studies. He went on to become an internationally acclaimed sculptor of nine heroic bronze monuments: "General W. Crawford," near Little Round Top on the Gettysburg Battlefield, the “Friend to Friend Masonic Memorial" on Steinwehr Ave., the bas-relief "Delaware State Memorial" on Taneytown Road, and "The Gettysburg Civil War Women's Memorial" at Evergreen Cemetery. On the Antietam National Battlefield is Tunison's "Irish Brigade Monument." "The Bivouac" is at the entrance to the Civil War Soldier's Museum at Pamplin Historical Park near Petersburg, Va. "The Delaware Continentals" heroic size bronze of three advancing Revolutionary War soldiers stands atop a twenty-five-foot granite pedestal in front of Legislative Hall at Dover, Delaware. At Ringgold Gap in Atlanta, Ga., is Ron's life-size General Patrick Cleburne. Dedication ceremonies for “General John Barry, U.S. Naval Commander”, took place May 10th, 2014 at U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.  Ron was the entrepreneur behind his own company Historical Sculptures, where he sculpted smaller statues.  [ad] [ph:L]

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