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    Confederate Copy of an M1859 McClellan Saddle in Superb Condition. Although the saddle is without specific provenance we strongly believe this to be a Confederate copy of an 1859 McClellan, and in the words of the very knowledgeable consignor ' after 50 years of looking this is the only one I have found that I genuinely believe to be a Confederate copy of the McClellan saddle'. In January 1864, the CS Ordnance Department opted for a design change on saddles that favored the well known and highly serviceable M1859 McClellan. Likely made in a contractor's harness shop, this well made saddle shows some noteworthy differences from the equivalent Federal saddle, such as a single row of screws that attach the leather skirts to the side of the seat, with the side stitching being evenly tight. Totally unmarked. The brass guard plate or shield device on the pommel is rather crudely hand cut and bears no markings. The near side and off side leather straps are sewn to a large O ring rather than the winged D ring on Federal saddles. The saddle retains its open seat tree with exposed rawhide cover that is in excellent original condition. Side stitching, usually found frayed and torn away from the rawhide is very strong and crisp. Retains its black leather skirts, harness quarterstraps, fender leathers,and wooden stirrups with leather hoods. All with no markings. Saddle has all its brass escutcheons at the cantle and pommel mortises but the ovals are notably wider than the Federal M1859. Screwed onto the saddle are the original large black harness leather sweat skirts. Each of the two outside quarter straps fitted with large iron buckles, which secure to bent white oak or hickory stirrups wrapped in black leather hood. The stirrups have a 3" deep tread, with the left frame slightly cracked. The hoods wrap around the frames and are in excellent condition. Made of strong black harness leather riveted to the frame. All leather accouterments are in very good to excellent condition with just some surface cracking on some of the straps and skirts. A fascinating, and unquestionably Civil War period saddle, showing every sign of being of Confederate origin.

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    June, 2012
    9th Saturday
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