1902 7th Cavalry Trooper Ready to Ride. If his uni...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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Description1902 7th Cavalry Trooper Ready to Ride. If his uniform looks lightly used, it's probably because he's seen mostly garrison duty since returning from action in the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902). Just under his collar he wears the ribbon for service in the Spanish-American War, and on his breast is a measure of his longtime enlistment: the Indian Wars Medal, issued in 1907 to veterans of the Indian Wars.
The 1902-pattern sergeant's six-button dress tunic is 30" long and fully intact. On both sides of the collar are the brass "U S" and "7 D" crossed sabers insignia. Condition is excellent; it shows little wear. The regulation 1" facing and 5/8" sleeve buttons are all soundly attached. The breast cord is 57" long and fully intact.
The sky-blue regulation sergeant's breeches are 34" long and show some minor moth damage on front creases. The waistband is marked inside: "Inspected/ 1900/ N.G.N.Y."
The 36" russet leather 1902-pattern belt with saber hangers is slightly stained but otherwise in excellent condition. Inside is printed in ink its owner's name, "E N Peck." A second belt differs in having brass eyelets in the tongue holes and is heavily worn. The saber hangers are stamped "R I A [Rock Island Arsenal]/ 1904." The saber is correct to the time in pattern but was manufactured after WWII.
The 1902 service cap bears the appropriate 7th Cavalry insignia for Company D. Diameter is 9". The bill is 2". The condition is excellent, but the cap was worn enough that the owner's name is frustratingly illegible (to our eyes) on the sweat band.
The pair of russet shin guards are 12" high with a maximum diameter on the adjustable tops of 5". There is some verdigris on the brass buckles. The right shin guard is more bruised than the left suggesting that its wearer may have played polo or some other light-contact equestrian sport. Beneath the shin guards are the sergeant's barracks shoes, 11½" long (size 10?) and 6" high.
Rounding out the uniform is the army issue detachable collar manufactured by "United Shirt & Collar!" Printed inside is the contract date, June 1, 1909.
The horse gear is in unused condition. The 1904-pattern McClellan saddle comes with all of its strapping, latigo, and cinches which show only light staining and bumping from warehouse storage. The stirrup covers are punched for riveting to the 5½" stirrups but were never attached. They are stamped "U S" and "LADEW/ 1918/ P.F.G." The matching saddlebags, 13" x 14", retain their unmarked canvas linings. The original rope cinch has ½ - covered iron rings, one of which is stamped "B.F.S." The saddle comes with two bridles. One of them is complete with curb bit and chin chain. Its 1½" conchas have the eagle shield motif. The other has a snaffle bit. There is some minor rust, and the brass on the headstalls shows some verdigris. One of the straps is stamped "WOLF/ 1917/ R.J.N." The army issue saddle blanket is of brown wool, marked "U S," with an olive stripe at each end; 76" x 68".
The last piece of this extraordinary outfit is intended to make sure that the horse won't get away: a coiled picket rope, as issued with its saddle clip.
From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.
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