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ca. WORLD WAR ONE -1930’S OFFICERS PRIVATE PURCHASE SADDLE SABRE CARRIER – A VERY NICE EXAMPLE IN ALMOST “NEW” CONDITION:  While not a regulation officer’s saddle sabre carrier, this particular pattern is well known to have been used by US Army officers during the period spanned by World War One and on through the Inter-War years.  The origin of the pattern is unknown; however it bears a strong resemblance to the French Army officer’s saddle sabre carrier from the same period.  The French military riding school in Saumur, France influenced the development of training, and the choices of saddles and equipment among US Army officers, so it is of little surprise that this carrier would resemble its counterpart in the French Army.  

This Sabre Carrier would have been used on the Models 1916, 1926 and 1930 Officer Training Saddles, the M1917 Service Saddle, M1917 Officer’s Field Saddle, the Models 1936 and 1941 Phillips Military Saddle, and on many of the French “Saumur” Pattern Military Saddles officers brought home from service during World War One or returning from attaché or advisory duty in Europe.   I have included period photographs of the Model 1922 Sabre Carrier attached to two saddles in order to illustrate the concept of how this carrier would have been attached to the saddle and how it would carry the sabre. 

This carrier has no maker stamps, however there is at least one known example which is stamped by the maker, “Richard Kingdom, Newark New Jersey”, confirming that this pattern was available to US Army officers serving at home.  These carriers were also made with pigskin-textured leather, depending on the officer’s preference.  

The offset straps which attach the carrier to the saddle are offset in length to accommodate the offset positioning of the small “D” rings along the curved edge of the cantle.  Based on the orientation of the straps – shorter strap to the left and longer strap on the right – this particular carrier was intended to be attached to the near (left) side of the saddle.   Other specimens of this same sabre carrier are known which have the opposite orientation of the straps – shorter on the right and longer on the left – which were intended to be worn on the off (right) side of the saddle, so apparently how these sabre carriers were mounted on the saddles was a choice subject to the preference of the individual officer.   

It is interesting that when the regulation Model 1922 Officer’s Sabre Carrier (see photograph below) was designed, it featured equal length straps for attaching the carrier to the saddle, and by adjusting the length of the straps depending on where on the straps the officer set the buckles, he could mount the carrier on either side of the saddle.   

This specimen presents in almost “like new” unused condition.  There is no indication of wear or staining on the leather from either the horse or from the sabre and scabbard, and the billets are all full form with no signs of ever having been buckled.  There is some minor bug damage in isolated spots to the surface of the long suspension strap, but it is not particularly noticeable.  All four original brass buckles are present and all of the leather keeper loops are present and intact.   

Overall this is an excellent specimen which would never need to be upgraded and it would be a very attractive addition to your 20TH Century US Army officer’s saddle.  (0317)  $325



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