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by Todd
Sun Jun 26, 2022 2:23 pm
Forum: Ask the Experts
Topic: McClellan Army Saddle? - Guest User
Replies: 1
Views: 22

Re: McClellan Army Saddle? - Guest User

This was the TYPE of saddle used by US Army cavalry during WW1, and was very likely manufactured during the war. The skirts are a later modification - not the 'M1928' modification, but an interesting type none the less, and well done. Clearly a post-war civilian modification. The oblong pocket attac...
by Todd
Mon Jun 13, 2022 10:25 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Ebay and old reenacting gear
Replies: 0
Views: 51

Ebay and old reenacting gear

The dangers of old reenacting gear and eBay - buyer's need to know their stuff:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/324623407948?m ... media=COPY
by Todd
Thu Jun 09, 2022 2:14 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Lyons picket pin marking
Replies: 3
Views: 37

Re: Lyons picket pin marking

Good question. Would I be correct in assuming that the picket pin production would likely have ceased in that 1910 time frame, with the potential of a new Cavalry Board being seated, along the same lines as the 1910 Infantry Board intent on equipment modernization? These just don't strike me as 'pro...
by Todd
Thu Jun 09, 2022 12:03 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Lyons picket pin marking
Replies: 3
Views: 37

Re: Lyons picket pin marking

Looks like US Ordnance Dept stamp.

I’ve seen this nearly exact stamp on the very infrequent M1904 saddle stirrup loop - I’m sure others have seen it in other places…
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by Todd
Mon Jun 06, 2022 10:11 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: 1830's-40's US Dragoon Saddle
Replies: 50
Views: 20330

Re: 1830's-40's US Dragoon Saddle

Here's an example of a recent find showing prime characteristics of pre-CW spanish saddle tree - of particular note is the one-piece pommel, with a separate horn cap (missing here).
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by Todd
Tue May 31, 2022 2:10 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Saddle stamp - Guest User
Replies: 1
Views: 43

Re: Saddle stamp - Guest User

Name: Mike Potter Subject: Saddle stamp Has entered the following message into the contact form: “WKO” is stamped on military saddle Any idea what that may mean? Thanks Depends - what type and nationality of military saddle? If it's a 20th century US saddle, it's very likely the Ordnance inspectors...
by Todd
Mon May 16, 2022 7:43 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: "Metropolitan" police at the National Horse Show, May 16, 1922.
Replies: 2
Views: 32

Re: "Metropolitan" police at the National Horse Show, May 16, 1922.

Had to notice - the 'Coca-Cola' sign painted on the roof of the building in the distance...
by Todd
Thu May 12, 2022 1:39 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Changing Styles, jumping, May 12, 1922.
Replies: 1
Views: 29

Re: Changing Styles, jumping, May 12, 1922.

Lady astride - how risque!

Well, by 1922, probably not so much, though I'm sure there was some judgey looks from the oldsters.
by Todd
Mon Apr 25, 2022 4:03 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Military curb bit?
Replies: 4
Views: 82

Re: Military curb bit?

Note in the QMD specification drawings from 1920 show the measurement being taken from the top of the bit branches. This was ALWAYS the method used to measure 1909 bits, as shown in this Nov 1911 Rock Island specification drawing. It can be a bit confusing as people assume that it refers to the widt...
by Todd
Mon Apr 25, 2022 9:43 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Military curb bit?
Replies: 4
Views: 82

Re: Military curb bit?

Here is best shot of those you sent - something was odd with those images so that forum wouldn't post - I'll have to investigate that. This is definitely a Weymouth bit, nearly identical to military bits - although it might be nickel and not steel. However, it is not a military issue bit. Note there...
by Todd
Sun Apr 24, 2022 3:33 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Military curb bit?
Replies: 4
Views: 82

Re: Military curb bit?

Guessing it looks a lot like this one: The 'BTC' are contractor marks for 'Bridgeport Tool Company' , iirc , a prominent WW1 US contractor. The 'US' marking shows US military issue, and numeric mark is the size code ( 1 to 4 ). The contractor mark is usually found on the outer surface where the mout...
by Todd
Wed Mar 30, 2022 4:58 pm
Forum: Ask the Experts
Topic: Manufacturing pattern for 20th Century officer’s saddle and gear - Guest User
Replies: 2
Views: 156

Re: Manufacturing pattern for 20th Century officer’s saddle and gear - Guest User

Many Ordnance Dept and Quartermaster blueprints are available for the '36 equipment set, and perhaps some for the other you mention. I'm curious as to what saddle you are speaking of with the title "Ordnance Model 1916' - there were quite a number of experimental types in that time period, and ...
by Todd
Wed Mar 23, 2022 7:21 am
Forum: Ask the Experts
Topic: Help Identifying this this saddle please - Guest User
Replies: 1
Views: 60

Re: Help Identifying this this saddle please - Guest User

Common military-style field saddle, probably circa 1920-1940. A photo of the front of the saddle looking at the head might be useful - if there are slot openings, then it might have been a military field saddle that used the 'bayonet'-style pommel bags.
by Todd
Wed Mar 23, 2022 7:18 am
Forum: Ask the Experts
Topic: Lapel pin identity - Guest User
Replies: 2
Views: 37

Re: Lapel pin identity - Guest User

Might be useful to see the back - sometimes the fastening device and any makers mark can help id these.

I don't believe it's US military, as they inevitably have a motto included in their designs. The fleur-de-lis WITHOUT a motto makes me think Pat has a good track.
by Todd
Mon Feb 28, 2022 5:19 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: 1830's-40's US Dragoon Saddle
Replies: 50
Views: 20330

Re: 1830's-40's US Dragoon Saddle

Steffens supposition isn't supported by his own evidence - and to be truthful, it wasn't even his own assumption! He was trying to find an artifact that was similar to the 1834 drawing example discussed by Stanley J. Olsen, in 1955. [https://www.militaryhorse.org/1833-dragoon-saddle/steffens-dragoo...
by Todd
Sat Feb 12, 2022 1:35 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: High Density Saddle Storage Solutions
Replies: 3
Views: 94

Re: High Density Saddle Storage Solutions

Rodent damage is real - sounds like a good solution for collection that doesn't have a 'viewing' requirement. Once you start mixing up certain requirements, like being able to view and handle with preservation and security, then the tradeoffs start. Here's an example of some rodent damage - I can't ...
by Todd
Fri Feb 11, 2022 12:25 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: High Density Saddle Storage Solutions
Replies: 3
Views: 94

Re: High Density Saddle Storage Solutions

Here's an example of some museum grade storage solutions that I thought were exceptional.



The conservation of a McClellan Saddle, and a custom mount
by Todd
Fri Feb 11, 2022 9:16 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: High Density Saddle Storage Solutions
Replies: 3
Views: 94

High Density Saddle Storage Solutions

This one has puzzled me for quite a long time, and I'm always interested in how others have handled this problem. At one time, I had a number of fairly complete saddles, and just finding a place to keep them was difficult. Too many modern methods are primarily aimed at organizing tack rooms, for 'wo...
by Todd
Thu Feb 03, 2022 11:08 am
Forum: Ask the Experts
Topic: Looking for information on this saddle
Replies: 4
Views: 292

Re: Looking for information on this saddle

Generally speaking, this is a style of 'park saddle' that was popular from 1890s through the 1920s. The Whitman name was a highly recognized brand and used on variety of actual saddle types. The early hard-frame military seats aren't related to this particular saddle - it can be confusing. While it ...
by Todd
Thu Nov 18, 2021 11:16 am
Forum: Ask the Experts
Topic: 12 inch artillery saddle identification
Replies: 1
Views: 221

Re: 12 inch artillery saddle identification

Looks like usual WW1 contractor version - note the brass/bronze stirrup loops. These were made in 1917 and 1918 - most actually made in 1918. The initials 'D B' would most likely be the ordnance dept inspectors. These ordnance department inspectors (typically civilians) were located in the actual pr...