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    Extremely Rare 1st Pattern M1874 McClellan Saddle, the "Custer" Saddle. The most sought after of all saddles from the Indian Wars period. It is also one of the scarcest by virtue of its being issued to cavalry units stationed in areas of the country that would be the hardest on men and materiel. The First Pattern used the spaded D-rings on each side. This example has a stitched lower quarter strap - broken where it attaches to the D-ring. The safe on each side clearly shows the flat top of the First Pattern versus the heart shape of the Second Pattern. The rings and foot staples are missing. The original brass saddle bag stud remains. The brass saddle shield if faintly marked "1( ) IN. / SEAT". The saddle does not have its sweat leathers. The front pommel and cantle stitching employs the welt reinforced seam only seen on First Pattern. One of the most difficult to obtain of all regulation US issue military saddles.

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    June, 2012
    9th Saturday
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