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#1 okidonn

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Posted 31 January 2019 - 08:30 AM

The McClellan saddle was adopted by the US War Department in 1859 and used up through WWII.  I am trying to identify the possible maker and the possible age or model.  One of the brass tabs/plates has a set of initials, FNVE, perhaps the makers mark.  There are also some numbers stamped on a piece of the lather on the saddle.   Any help would be appreciated.

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#2 Keith

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Posted 31 January 2019 - 09:19 AM

I maybe can get you started on this. It is a model 1904 McClellan and has been modified later, probably around 1912-1928 (or ?) with the addition of the leather skirts/fenders and the iron stirrups. Regards.

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Posted 31 January 2019 - 10:28 AM

I maybe can get you started on this. It is a model 1904 McClellan and has been modified later, probably around 1912-1928 (or ?) with the addition of the leather skirts/fenders and the iron stirrups. Regards.

Thanks Keith, do not know if it makes that much difference but the stirrups are brass...



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Posted 31 January 2019 - 10:50 AM

Hard to diagnose from the photos just what you have going on here.

 

FNVE is an argenitine saddle maker

 

My best bet is that this is a Argentine McClellan copy made in the 1960s for the endurance saddle market here

 

They used to offer these for sale in Western horseman and practical horseman magazines in the 1960s-1970s.

 

It's not an issue seat as the pommel is not as prominent as on an issue saddle

 

Value on non-military McClellans is not great 75.00 - 100.00 if you can find a buyer.

 

Tom Bowers




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