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MODEL 1917 OFFICERS POMMEL POCKET – VERY NICE MATCHED PAIR  TO DISPLAY ON A MODEL 1917 OFFICERS FIELD SADDLE:  Introduced with the Model 1917 Officers Field Saddle, these pommel pockets provided the officer with the additional storage space to carry the necessary equipment and personal effects to support himself and his horse in the field.  Provided in pairs – one for each side of the pommel – they were not connected in any way and were easily separated, so finding a matched pair is relatively unusual.  

Provided in sets of two, one for each side of the pommel, these pockets were designed as specific “left” or “right”, and like this set were so marked with a capital “L” or “R”.  The saddle was fitted with two sockets, one on each side of, and just below, the crest of the pommel which were protected by a nickel plate.  The sockets had two opposing notches which corresponded to the two protrusions on the stud mounted on the rear of the pommel pocket.  To attach the pocket it was held parallel to the saddle seat, the stud was fitted into the socket, and the pocket was then rotated down to hang in its natural position.  The notches in the sockets and the wings on the stud served to lock the pocket in place.     

These pommel pockets are in excellent condition, showing no evidence of hard use or wear, with a smooth medium russet color overall, and all of the seams and edges are strong, intact and in full form.  The pebble grain leather is pliable and retains its bright finish overall.  The buckles and billets which secure the covers are present and fully intact.  The standing loops on the reverse of the pouches are likewise intact and show no wear, weakness or stretching.   The gussets are complete and intact with none of the wear or tearing often found in the softer gusset leather on these pockets.  The back of the left pocket is stamped “L”, “US”, and a partially legible J.Q.M.D. date stamp, indicating manufacture at the Jeffersonville Quartermaster Depot.  The reverse of the left side pocket has some wear to surface of the leather, probably from the way it was stored.  The back of the right pocket is stamped “R”, “US”, and a fully legible J.Q.M.D. date stamp, indicating manufacture at the Jeffersonville Quartermaster Depot in 1943 accompanied by the piece worker’s initials.  The reverse of the right side pocket has no wear to surface of the leather, with a smooth finish overall. 

Examples of the Model 1917 Officers Pommel Pockets whether in pairs or single pieces are not readily available on the market, and most that are found have serious structural and condition problems due to heavy use and poor storage.  This is a very nice matched pair which will certainly enhance your Model 1917 Officers Field Saddle.  (0231)  $675  



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