Category: Artifacts & Details

WW1 saddle ovals – variations

Anyone that has worked with a number of surplus war contract M1904 McClellans will likely have run across this variation in the brass mortice plates, also known by the manufacturers name as ‘saddle ovals’.  In general, nearly all McClellans used the smaller, slightly elongated form.  Occasionally, you’ll find a...

Civil War McClellan inspection mark

Civil War McClellan inspection mark This inspection mark was found on an original civil-war 1863-1864 vintage McClellan saddletree.  This specimen was found under a civilian saddle built circa 1880s, built on this surplus tree.  This rather large, bold mark was present on both the rawhide and the wood, in...


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