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by Rick Throckmorton
Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Artifacts & Objects & Wanted/Selling
Topic: Browband ornament / rosette ?
Replies: 5
Views: 1756

Re: Browband ornament / rosette ?

Todd, I've seen similar bridle rosettes/brow bands before, and generally equate the octagonal design as reflective of the old short lived,octagonal dragoon ornaments. That the decorative yellow faced brow band is attached, leads me to believe it is off of a CW period private purchase officer's caval...
by Rick Throckmorton
Sat Aug 27, 2016 6:59 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: The Myth of the Lippazaner Rescue.
Replies: 89
Views: 23623

Re: The Myth of the Lippazaner Rescue.

Couvi, we had a grandson of Witez. He was the best horse we ever owned, and went Legion Of Merit in the Arabian Horse organization.
by Rick Throckmorton
Mon Apr 11, 2016 4:42 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Caption the Photo. . . .
Replies: 79
Views: 28331

Re: Caption the Photo. . . .

"You call that a gun? This is a gun!"
by Rick Throckmorton
Sat Jan 23, 2016 4:22 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: ID a scabbard
Replies: 4
Views: 2163

Re: ID a scabbard

Model 1918 Rifle Scabbard. It's only a slight modification of the M1904 Scabbard. Notice the narrowed end of the scabbard as compared to the wider end on the M1904.
Rick T.
by Rick Throckmorton
Sat Jan 02, 2016 11:40 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Interesting details for M1913 McClellan mule riding saddle
Replies: 3
Views: 2810

Re: Interesting details for M1913 McClellan mule riding sadd

Interesting. That numeral "2", is reminiscent of the italic type face found in the period leather marking kit. I wonder if someone was trying to mark it as unit property using that kit.
by Rick Throckmorton
Wed Nov 04, 2015 11:00 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: McClellan saddletree dimensional changes
Replies: 13
Views: 5393

Re: McClellan saddletree dimensional changes

I've got a pretty decent Colt Bisley that letters to Simmons. What weren't they involved in?
by Rick Throckmorton
Wed Nov 04, 2015 10:50 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: McClellan saddletree dimensional changes
Replies: 13
Views: 5393

Re: McClellan saddletree dimensional changes

Interesting, Todd. I was not aware of the labor source of the contractor made saddle trees, or the international economic impact of this little niche of equipment production. Were any of the prisoners utilized for leather work?
by Rick Throckmorton
Wed Nov 04, 2015 9:50 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: McClellan saddletree dimensional changes
Replies: 13
Views: 5393

Re: McClellan saddletree dimensional changes

Todd, Interesting observation. I'm a big believer that there were design implementations that were incorporated that were never formally board certified in production horse equipments. Problems reared their ugly head as production went along and if it was a simple fix, it appears that changes were i...
by Rick Throckmorton
Wed Nov 04, 2015 9:18 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Saddle Bags
Replies: 6
Views: 4421

Re: Saddle Bags

On closer examination, I still don't necessarily see the seat of the bags, and think one can see grass where the seat should be. As for the two straps, could they possibly be cooling straps that would be used to hold the blanket on the back of a hot horse as he cooled down? The heavy ribbing of the ...
by Rick Throckmorton
Tue Nov 03, 2015 7:53 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Saddle Bags
Replies: 6
Views: 4421

Re: Saddle Bags

Couvi, These are the russet M1904 Saddle Bags, probably post 1908 manufacture, when the seat was changed from a single piece to two halves sewn together with reinforcing pieces in the center to prevent the saddle bag stud hole from ripping out. I can't see the center area of the seat to know for sur...
by Rick Throckmorton
Sat Oct 24, 2015 6:29 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Indian Wars carbine thimble
Replies: 3
Views: 3123

Re: Indian Wars carbine thimble

Thanks for posting these, Pat. I asked that these be posted because this just isn't an example of a common Civil War period carbine thimble, but one reissued during the Indian Wars period. Notice the "D.C.L.", inspector's stamp. D.C. Leonard was a civilian worker in the harness shop at Roc...
by Rick Throckmorton
Fri Oct 23, 2015 6:13 am
Forum: Reviews & Commentary
Topic: A Fantastic New Book on the Swords and Sabers of the US Army
Replies: 27
Views: 13526

Re: A Fantastic New Book on the Swords and Sabers of the US

I am sure it is an impressive work. Can't wait to get a copy. Is there any particular source that you recommend?
Rick T
by Rick Throckmorton
Tue Oct 20, 2015 9:27 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: From a World War One era parade
Replies: 19
Views: 7563

Re: From a World War One era parade

I've never diddled with an Audley other than to hold a couple. There is a spring tensioned brass knob that sticks through the trigger guard that secures the pistol into the holster. I don't know how to defeat the knob to enable the pistol to be drawn. It does appear that the pistol does remain uncov...
by Rick Throckmorton
Tue Oct 20, 2015 8:41 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: From a World War One era parade
Replies: 19
Views: 7563

Re: From a World War One era parade

Definitely an Audley holster. Most of the Audleys found are for the smaller, M1903(8) type Colt autos. This large one for the M1911 is nice to see. Also notice the bit on his bridle. Very similar to the 1850s dragoon bits, but not quite.
Rick T
by Rick Throckmorton
Sun Apr 19, 2015 6:04 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Question on possible Whitman for Mexican Border impression
Replies: 17
Views: 5982

Re: Question on possible Whitman for Mexican Border impressi

After posting, it dawned on me that the ducktail had predated the Civil War, and of course, is seen on the Jenifer Saddle as well. Structurally, the area near the kidneys on a horse is the least sound, and has been attempted to be protected by many.
by Rick Throckmorton
Sat Apr 18, 2015 8:06 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Question on possible Whitman for Mexican Border impression
Replies: 17
Views: 5982

Re: Question on possible Whitman for Mexican Border impressi

Lyndon, I've never found anything written to explain the purpose of the ducktail. However, I have found notations about the necessity to elevate the pommel and cantle rolls off of the horse's back to prevent friction sores and weight off the kidneys. I suspect the ducktail's purpose was simply that,...
by Rick Throckmorton
Sat Apr 18, 2015 7:07 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Question on possible Whitman for Mexican Border impression
Replies: 17
Views: 5982

Re: Question on possible Whitman for Mexican Border impressi

Attached are six photos of my RIA Whitman with the adjustable q-straps
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