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ynpto804

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Went out digging today at a farm I have permission for. Well didn't find much in the ground but did run across a corn crib in the woods and asked the farmer about it. He said he didn't remember it but I could dig through it. Well I found this right under the falling roof. I believe it is a 1859 Mcclean saddle. I think it is civil war period any thought would be awesome. Thanks for looking Ynp
 

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Wow way cool, a little TLC needed but that is in nice shape!!!!
 

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Looks to be 20th century, almost unheard of to find a fully intact saddle from the civil war, if that is from the Civil War you got your self a banner find for sure. :occasion14:

I've seen Civil War Saddle Shields before but they were mostly plain this is got 12 inch on it.. Never seen that before, hopefully someone can 100% ID it, you say you found this under an old barn? it could have been stored there after the war then kept there til the barn was abandon, hard to say.
 
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Very,Very nice !!!!! Congrats !!!! many years ago I found a couple of saddles from the 1880s & 1890s under almost the same circumstances and they were both from Colorado makers.
 

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Looks old. Hopefully someone can date it. You know it's funny, I found a shield thingy like that one on an 1840s to 1850s property I've been hunting, looks like the same size but mine is iron and pitted really bad. Cool find.:thumbsup:
 
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I did know it is a McClellan saddle. I am hoping for some sort of dating signs. I have found McClellan shields in Calvary camps before both union and confederate. I know some of the early saddles were raw hide and leather in the bottom. But am unsure of how to date them due to the fact they had such a long period of use. Thanks Ynp
 

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Are you near Fredericksburg/Stafford? I can have a buddy of mine who runs a civil war shop take a look at this for you and make an offer if you want too sell it, I'd love too see this and have an expert check it out.
 

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Think you are right about a civil war saddle. Was partners in an antique shop a decade ago and my partner loved this stuff. She met a Hollywood tech. advisor/prop provider who traded us 6 of these plus a couple of old pack saddles for some other 1850-1870 stuff we had. I never took much interest and don't know a great deal about it, but she sold them all for several hundred dollars each to collectors(in that condition).
 
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Hutsite- I don't live too far from there and work in Spotsy. I could make it up that way. Send me a pm maybe we could meet or your friend could look at the pictures and let me know what he thinks.
 

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