M1859 Enlisted Man’s Saddle with Original Bit, Headstall and Reins


M1859 Enlisted Man’s Saddle with Original Bit, Headstall and Reins: This is a superior and nearly complete example of a Civil War issue, U.S. cavalry enlisted man’s saddlery gear. The M1859 saddle is the mid-war type, with the spaded D-ring, linking the quarter straps. The saddle is in excellent condition, evidencing some minor wear to the rawhide seat, but all stitching is strong, as are all of the bridle leather elements. The stirrup straps still have both, original sweat leathers affixed. The original maker’s brass name plate, “Waters of Troy, NY”, is still attached to the tree, and all blanket strap guides remain in place, as does the front pommel size shield. There appear to be two or three brass, footed strap staples, that are of the Indian War period; the hooded stirrups also appear to be from the early Indian War era, as well. Included with this saddle is an original M1859 headstall, attached to a M1863 enlisted man’s, cavalry bit – both are in superior condition. Affixed to the bit, are the very rarely encountered, original issue cavalry reins, still sewn to the rein rings on the bit. The headstall, bit and reins are in excellent condition, with one clean, but reparable break in the headstall. All of the original, Civil War period, rectangular, black japanned, iron strap buckles are in place on the headstall. The iron curb chain, backed by a leather strap, retains nearly 100% of its original bluing. This is a truly fine example of a Union cavalry enlisted man’s core gear and rarely found together and so complete. SOLD

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