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SET OF 4 ORIGINAL COAT STRAPS FOR THE MODELS 1904-1928 McCLELLAN SADDLES – “LIKE NEW” UNISSUED CONDITION:  A set of 4 full length, russet leather Coat Straps, in excellent “like new” unissued condition, correct for the M1904-1928 McClellan Saddles.  These four Coat Straps were intended to be issued as replacements for the coat straps provided on the saddles as they were initially issued to the soldiers.  Given their size and the stresses to which they were exposed to, coat straps were one of the components of the saddles which quickly wore out or broke, making regular replacements necessary in order to keep the saddles serviceable.   

The Coat Strap with the darkened bronze buckle is stamped “US” on the billet tip.  The other three, still coiled with the original arsenal applied string ties, are all stamped “US JQMD 1942 J.B.”, indicating they were manufactured at the Jeffersonville Quartermaster Depot.  All four straps are unissued, showing no signs of ever having been on a saddle.  In this state, they would have been issued to the troop saddlers who would complete them with buckles either salvaged from the damaged coat straps removed from the saddles they were repairing, or from a small supply of parts issued to each unit.  The leather of all four straps is in excellent condition, remains supple, and the surfaces are bright and smooth with no crazing or flaking.   

If the buyer chooses to complete the three straps with original Model 1904 Coat Strap Buckles, I have a sufficient supply of like new original buckles and we can work out a reasonable price for the three, as well as instructions as to how they should be mounted on the straps.    

Extremely rare items to find on the loose, coat straps are usually missing from the saddles and are necessary to complete your display.  This set is in excellent condition and they would be a perfect match for a very nice 20TH Century McClellan Saddle. (0408) $350 






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