Military Collectibles Wanted
The Buena Vista Saddle, also known as the Plantation Saddle, was a popular pre-war hornless riding saddle of the Southeast, which was pressed into service by their officer owners & used throughout the war. Due to the amount of leather used in their construction, it is unlikely that many were made during the war.
After the war, this popular saddle was once again widely made & used throughout the agrarian Southeast & there are still companies that make it today. For that reason, it’s difficult, if not impossible, to determine if the saddle was used during the war or made & used long after. Lacking provenance, it’s anyone’s guess.
The Texas or Hope Saddle was a pre-war saddle used by Texans, most of whom entered the war on the side of the Confederacy. It features elaborately scrolled leather, decorative buttons, horn & half rigged seat with the rear half covered with a flap of leather & the front half open. It too was widely made after the war & without provenance, collectors cannot be sure when or how it was used.
After their disenchantment with the Jenifer, the Confederacy adopted the McClellan design as the official Confederate military saddle. Beginning in January 1864, The Confederate McClellan was made by Confederate Harness Shops & differed from the standard federal patterns of 1859 & 1863. Differences include lack of coat strap mortices, skirts with only a single row of screws & much lighter stirrup frames. The Confederate pattern had the hornless pommel & slotted seat characteristic of all McClellans.
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