Category: United States

Horse Equipment, McClellan, United States

Before The First McClellan – the Pattern of 1856

The prototype saddle first fabricated by Lacey & Phillips, through the coordinating efforts of Capt. George McClellan, was delivered about 20-21 December, 1856, to the War Department in Washington, DC.  Its description can be determined primarily by taking the M1857 model, and adding back all the pieces and parts that were removed from its predecessor.The …

Artifacts & Details, Horse Equipment, Material Culture, United States

US Civil War Federal Ranger Saddle

One of the real treats that occasionally happens for the student of old historical artifacts is the discovery of a true rarity.  Not just a hard-to-find item but an item that could be termed a ‘unicorn’ – so rare is it that there is no readily apparent logical reason that it should still exist.  Such …