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MODEL 1859 CIVIL WAR McCLELLAN SADDLE BAGS VERY GOOD CONDITION:  A necessary piece of horse equipment to complete your saddle, this set of Model 1859 Saddlebags is in very respectable condition with supple live leather throughout.  

The seat, or yoke connecting the two bags that passes across the back of the saddle, is complete with both leather keys used to secure the saddlebags to the foot loops on the rear sidebar extensions of the saddle.  Quite often the seat on these bags are broken or torn, and separated at the saddlebag stud hole, a classic weak point as age, use and poor storage takes its toll.  The seat on this set of bags is still intact, strong and pliable, and as a result the bags will display quite well.   

Both of the bags have full form outer flaps which are complete with the closing billets and buckles and the interior pouches are complete.  The interior pocket laces are present and full length, which is notable as these laces are normally missing entirely.  The gussets, commonly found split or torn, are full form.  The gussets are soft and pliable, the surfaces are crazed but solid, and there is only one wear point at the bottom of the left bag not particularly noticeable, but mentioned here for a full description.  All of the seams are intact.  The balance of the leather surfaces of the bags are overall smooth with a bright finish, with only some minor crazing.    

The lower tie down straps were apparently intentionally removed from both bags during the course of their service life.  The butts of these lower straps are smooth where the strap was removed, not ragged as if they were torn or worn away.   Many of the surviving sets of saddle bags are missing these entire lower strap assemblies either due to wear and age, or from being intentionally removed by the soldiers contemporary to the use of the bags as unnecessary when the bags were mounted on the saddle and all of the equipment that made up the cantle roll was in place secured by the coat straps.   

Model 1859 Saddlebags in decent condition have never been easy to find, and sets with all of the components intact are outright rare. Overall, this is a very respectable set of saddlebags and having survived in very good condition, they will definitely enhance the appearance and value of your Civil War or early Indian War McClellan Saddle. SOLD

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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