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by John Ruf
Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:57 am
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: Australian Military Packsaddlery
Replies: 6
Views: 3580

Re: Australian Military Packsaddlery

Pat: A few sample pages from an illustrated VAOS showing British Pack Saddlery--equivalent to the Phillips: The Vickers MG Pack Saddle: http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeeir49/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/page30.jpg The Bren Gun Pack Saddle: http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeeir49/sitebuildercontent...
by John Ruf
Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:34 am
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: "1805" British light dragoon saddle.
Replies: 73
Views: 27965

Re: "1805" British light dragoon saddle.

Uncle Arthur:

Well, on closer inspection I also see clearly that the leathers are placed correctly. I am also not too fond of a buckle against the shin!
by John Ruf
Mon Mar 14, 2011 3:42 pm
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: "1805" British light dragoon saddle.
Replies: 73
Views: 27965

Re: "1805" British light dragoon saddle.

John:

I agree entirely that the stirrups leathers are reversed--I was unaware of the saber protection function--sort of along the lines of a spare curb chain on the browband...I guess it couldn't hurt!
by John Ruf
Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:58 am
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: "1805" British light dragoon saddle.
Replies: 73
Views: 27965

Re: "1805" British light dragoon saddle.

John:

I was at the Invalides last spring--their collections are magnificent!

I wonder why the stirrup leathers are so long--notice how their long tail has been folded up on itself and passed through a captive keeper.
by John Ruf
Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:01 am
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: "1805" British light dragoon saddle.
Replies: 73
Views: 27965

Re: "1805" British light dragoon saddle.

Hello John: Well, once in a blue moon it pays to be in academia--Forbes V1 is held in several libraries where I have inter-Library loan privileges. I can ask our head librarian to request it on my behalf. U of Michigan has it on-line fully searchable, but no views--due to copyright restrictions. I h...
by John Ruf
Thu Mar 03, 2011 1:50 pm
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: "1805" British light dragoon saddle.
Replies: 73
Views: 27965

Re: "1805" British light dragoon saddle.

Hello John: No, I have no 3D drawing of it--I suppose I could have my students loft one using AutoCAD as a nice real world exercise. I'm looking at Tylden, p. 130, Figures 6 and 7 right now--all three Forbes are expensive--they are on Google Books in "snippet view" though. I'll see if Mr Hansen has ...
by John Ruf
Wed Mar 02, 2011 5:29 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: "1805" saddle at Royal Armouries ..is it late 19thC Dutch !
Replies: 4
Views: 1381

Re: "1805" saddle at Royal Armouries ..is it late 19thC Dutch !

John: For what it is worth--I concur that there is little chance that the Royal Armoury/Jabez saddle dates from the late 19th C.--for example, I obtained the Prussian plates when trying to ID the iron-arched saddle at the Ordnance Museum at Ft Lee. That saddle proved to be identical to the Prussian ...
by John Ruf
Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:35 am
Forum: Reviews & Commentary
Topic: Man Made Mobile - online
Replies: 5
Views: 1981

Re: Man Made Mobile - online

Gentlemen:

Thanks for the consolation--yes, it is much in the same category as "Horses and Saddlery", "Riding and Schooling Horses", "American Military Horsemanship" and "The American Military Saddle"; always within reach!
by John Ruf
Wed Mar 02, 2011 8:39 am
Forum: Reviews & Commentary
Topic: Man Made Mobile - online
Replies: 5
Views: 1981

Re: Man Made Mobile - online

Todd:

Wow; I'm torn--I'm glad it is readily available now, but I wonder what this does to the value of my hard-sought copy... :(
by John Ruf
Wed Mar 02, 2011 8:36 am
Forum: Reviews & Commentary
Topic: remount excerpts
Replies: 2
Views: 3046

Re: remount excerpts

Larry: These are great primary accounts--incidentally, there are some great watercolors of remount depots and duty in teh collections of the Australian War Museum on-line. About seven years ago I found some really good plates at the LOC of the acceptable "types" that remount purchasers were to look ...
by John Ruf
Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:23 am
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: "1805" British light dragoon saddle.
Replies: 73
Views: 27965

Re: "1805" British light dragoon saddle.

Hello John: There are also excellent photos of the Jabez-Royal Armoury saddle (AL.218 1) on p. 169 of "The American Military Saddle" by Dorsey and McPheeters. I have Tylden open to plate 11 at this moment, and it brings to mind anotehr saddle altogether--I have plates for an 1842 Prussian Artillery ...
by John Ruf
Wed Feb 16, 2011 8:35 am
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: British C19 Driving Harness
Replies: 10
Views: 4553

Re: British C19 Driving Harness

John:

Thanks; I can't wait to see photos of it all!
by John Ruf
Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:25 pm
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: The 1890 UP LoC's
Replies: 0
Views: 1353

The 1890 UP LoC's

My Friends: I am providing my link to the full List of Changes in War Materiel for the 1890 UP and all its accoutrements: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=41732&id=100000728520062&l=a51ac09f1c Also attached are the last of the LoC's and Drill Manuals for hames and limber poles--with driving sad...
by John Ruf
Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:20 pm
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: Artillery harness
Replies: 9
Views: 8331

Re: Artillery harness

Gentlemen: Here are the last of the LoC's and Drill Manuals for hames and limber poles--with driving saddles instead of UP's: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=41732&id=100000728520062&l=a51ac09f1c They date from the 1870's-90's. The harness is still very similar to the Napoleonic harness. The C...
by John Ruf
Sun Feb 06, 2011 9:32 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: MG Cav
Replies: 24
Views: 4244

Re: MG Cav

Thank God for M60's then, Jim! Texas Farrier; no the Phillips Pack Saddle racks were designed in the 20's and were unique for each wapons system. This link will give some idea of that, as will Randy Steffen's 4th and final volume of the Horse Soldier : http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeeir49/militarysadd...
by John Ruf
Sun Feb 06, 2011 5:18 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: MG Cav
Replies: 24
Views: 4244

Re: MG Cav

Jim: I defer to your infinitely more intimate familiarity with that weapon--it ended up being a fine one, but there can be no denying that even with the MG42 as a great pattern to emulate the M60 started life with a few shortcomings. Once they were overcome it certainly proved its worth. We were sti...
by John Ruf
Sun Feb 06, 2011 12:57 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: MG Cav
Replies: 24
Views: 4244

MG Cav

My Friends:

More photos of the preparation of the MG Cav Half Section:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=4 ... 8d78e87e7f
by John Ruf
Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:29 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Artillery used in WW1 Horse Related Spielberg film
Replies: 32
Views: 6378

Re: Artillery used in WW1 Horse Related Spielberg film

Hello Ralph: I'm practically a neighbor here in Culpeper. I still drive some for Dave Stanley and Kent Oestenstad--with Morgans and Standard-Breds for the teams. My collection is mostly Grimsleys and Mac's, but I have British Driver's, HC and UP saddles as well. I have had some fun with the Hollywoo...
by John Ruf
Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:13 am
Forum: Universal Pattern Forum
Topic: Artillery harness
Replies: 9
Views: 8331

Re: Artillery harness

To answer the questions on LOC 7883: 1/CAN SOMEBODY TELL ME ABOUT THE CHAIN UP SIDE OF THE HEAD STALL? 2/STRAP FROM THE TRACE TO THE SHOE CARRIER WOULD APPEAR TO CHANGE THE LINE OF DRAFT THIS I THOUGHT WOULD BE A DISADVANTAGE. 3/THE TRACE CLIP COULD SOME POST A PHOTO OF ONE OR DRAWING OF HOW IT IS M...