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 mortice plate that is rounder shape, …

Artifacts & Details

Saddle tree label – J.M.Hays Wood Products Co.

A J.M. Hays Wood Products Co. makers label, commonly found on their WW1 McClellan contract saddletrees. This is about 1″ tall and complete is about 4″ long.  This was applied on the paint applied to the tree, before the rawhide cover was sewn on.  As you can see with this particular example, the paper label …

Horse Equipment, Material Culture

The McClellan Saddle and Its Proposed Modifications

  By Lieut. Colonel Edgar M. Whiting, Cavalry The horse equipment of the cavalry trooper has been improved in a number of ways during the past twenty-five years, but its improvement has not kept pace with the improvement of weapons and other articles of equipment. Although a better saddle than the McClellan might be devised, …

Material Culture

No. 1879 – Price List of Small Arms and Hand Arms, Etc.

No. 1879 PRICE LIST OF SMALL ARMS AND HAND ARMS SMALL ARMS AMMUNITION PERSONAL EQUIPMENTS OF THE SOLDIER (COMPRISING INFANTRY, CAVALRY, ARTILLERY, AND BAND EQUIPMENTS) HORSE EQUIPMENTS OFFICERS’ EQUIPMENTS AND MISCELLANEOUS ARTICLES FOR THE USE OF TROOP, BATTERY, AND COMPANY ORGANIZATIONS REVISED MAY 20, 1908 REVISED MARCH 1, 1910 REVISED FEBRUARY 1, 1913 WASHINGTON GOVERNMENT …