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.
McClellan Army saddle
Posted 31 January 2019 - 09:19 AM
Edited by Keith, 31 January 2019 - 09:32 AM.
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...
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.
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