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Civil War Officer’s Saddle Valise

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Civil War Officer’s Saddle Valise – Many Civil War officer’s utilized this type of valise, as opposed to or in addition to saddlebags. This valise is in overall very good condition and retains both closure straps, with corresponding period iron roller buckles on the body of the valise. This is a relatively simple valise, with the large flap opening and a clean, finished leather interior. Both handles, originally at the ends of the valise, are no longer in place, which is often the case, as the means of attachment could not withstand constant pulling during the period of use. The underside of the body retains the means for attaching straps to seat the valise on a saddle. Affixed in the center of the cover flap is an original, period, military brass insignia number “2”, which appears to have always been on the valise. These valises were an essential element for mounted officers from both the North and South. The valise measures as follows: L – 20” ; W – 9”: Depth – 6”

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