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by Todd
Thu Nov 18, 2021 11:16 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: 12 inch artillery saddle identification
Replies: 1
Views: 53

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...
by Todd
Sat Oct 16, 2021 11:26 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Capt. R.R. Allen, 10/14/21
Replies: 5
Views: 127

Re: Capt. R.R. Allen, 10/14/21

All the more interesting as it looks like he's riding a stock saddle, fitted with hooded stirrups. Looks like a BIG horse too.
by Todd
Mon Aug 02, 2021 10:38 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Nelson Miles, May 30, 1921
Replies: 9
Views: 626

Re: Nelson Miles, May 30, 1921

Plus these are static poses - this might be an affectation, rather than a reasonable depiction of the person's actual riding form.
by Todd
Sun Jun 27, 2021 12:34 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: A Saddle For Africa
Replies: 0
Views: 254

A Saddle For Africa

Interesting article on the use of the McClellan in Africa. It's still a very popular design and seller there.

https://www.ridinginafrica.com/tack/mcclellan-saddles/
by Todd
Sat May 22, 2021 7:29 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Notice on Passing of Dallas Freeborn
Replies: 2
Views: 388

Notice on Passing of Dallas Freeborn

For everyone's information, our old friend Dallas Freeborn passed away on April 8th. Here is one of the published obituaries:

https://www.penwellgabeltopeka.com/Obit ... /Topeka-KS
by Todd
Tue May 18, 2021 9:18 am
Forum: Artifacts & Objects & Wanted/Selling
Topic: Marquis Saddle?
Replies: 52
Views: 12968

Re: Marquis Saddle?

I'm going to make an assumption that you're (quite naturally!) confusing the Officers 1917 with the ENLISTED 1917 - M1917 OFFICERS saddles were made in large numbers, by a variety of makers. Rock Island Arsenal made their version, Jeffersonville QMD made them from about the mid-20s, and many, MANY w...
by Todd
Sat May 15, 2021 9:20 pm
Forum: Artifacts & Objects & Wanted/Selling
Topic: Marquis Saddle?
Replies: 52
Views: 12968

Re: Marquis Saddle?

Nice saddle! As you've determined, this is a French-made Model of 1917 officers saddle, which were made and imported into this country by officers returning from WW1, and later directly ordered from the firms in France through the '20s and '30s. The various tags/markings show that it was likely owne...
by Todd
Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Off Topic - Just Because It's Cool...
Replies: 8
Views: 810

Re: Off Topic - Just Because It's Cool...

Of course, this is the next step - https://youtu.be/enuOArEfqGo

It’s one thing to have this level of inventive complexity in a layered soundtrack, but to do it live?

Also great fun to see recorders, ocarinas and the odd oboe or double bass bassoons in action. Not to mention the vocals.
by Todd
Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:05 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Off Topic - Just Because It's Cool...
Replies: 8
Views: 810

Re: Off Topic - Just Because It's Cool...

Trooper wrote: Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:48 am Try this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASsyGWa3TPE
Before anyone gripes about 'cultural appropriation' - we don't care! :D 8)
by Todd
Tue Jan 12, 2021 7:18 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Off Topic - Just Because It's Cool...
Replies: 8
Views: 810

Off Topic - Just Because It's Cool...

Thank goodness we're finally beyond Andrew Lloyd Webber, and back to Ennio Morricone!

https://youtu.be/DT1NJwEi6nw
by Todd
Thu Dec 17, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: "The MP"
Replies: 4
Views: 630

Re: "The MP"

I have to wonder how much shrapnel they had to pick out of hooves...
by Todd
Sun Nov 29, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: CAMPAIGN HAT
Replies: 4
Views: 620

Re: CAMPAIGN HAT

Philip S wrote: Sun Nov 29, 2020 6:50 am On the bottom left corner the label is marked with the date 1-83.
Good eye - and that was the last revision date on the tag form.... Probably some drill's old hat.
by Todd
Sat Sep 05, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: On a personnel note
Replies: 5
Views: 787

Re: On a personnel note

So sorry to hear of this loss - prayers for you and your family.
by Todd
Sat Aug 29, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Saddle Assistance
Replies: 2
Views: 490

Re: Saddle Assistance

1840s valise saddle images (1845 manual) - https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044050516848?urlappend=%3Bseq=77 1850s Ordnance Manual - detailed specs/descriptions of same https://hdl.handle.net/2027/miun.agy4347.0001.001?urlappend=%3Bseq=147 The 1860 would be the 'Grimsley' pattern that was adopted i...
by Todd
Wed Aug 26, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Insignia
Replies: 1
Views: 389

Re: Insignia

The DI's, or Distinctive Insignia, are the metal unit/regimental 'crests' that soldiers assigned to that unit would wear on their uniforms. Usually there was one on the hat/cap, and one each placed in the middle of the shoulder straps of the jacket/coat between the button and the outer edge (or rank...
by Todd
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Artifacts & Objects & Wanted/Selling
Topic: Saddle Identification
Replies: 2
Views: 498

Re: Saddle Identification

Nice example of a French WWI vintage officers saddle. It was the model that the US M1917 officers saddle was copied from. Duvall was a major saddlery house in Saumur- which was the home of the famous cavalry school. Much equipment was purchased by US and other allied officers during the war. US offi...
by Todd
Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: M25 Armeesattel
Replies: 9
Views: 1126

Re: M25 Armeesattel

This place is alive and kicking ! :D You've noticed! It's an unfortunate trend in nearly all forum type sites - I personally believe because of the over-simplified nature of certain social media platforms. It might be slightly easier to manage for first-timers, but the persistence of the informatio...
by Todd
Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: McClellan saddles with a horn
Replies: 8
Views: 940

Re: McClellan saddles with a horn

WW1 surplus horse equipment - vast amounts were made during the war (probably over quarter million of these hooded stirrups). When someone needed some cheap and easy to find , old surplus gear did the trick. You'll find all kinds of WW1 stuff mixed up with civilian gear, especially stirrups.
by Todd
Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: McClellan saddles with a horn
Replies: 8
Views: 940

Re: McClellan saddles with a horn

A picture is worth a thousand words .