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US ARMY ARTILLERY LIMBER POLE PAD VERY NICE SPECIMEN:  A U.S. Army Artillery Limber Pole Pad, used to cover the forward end of the limber pole so the end of the pole would not gouge the two lead horses, as described on page 148 of the 1863 Ordnance Manual.  Note that this pad follows the much scarcer early Civil War pattern, assembled with stitches, as opposed to the later Civil War and Indian War type which was assembled with rivets.   

This full form leather pad measures 4 in diameter and 4 long and has a socket to fit over the end of the limber pole.  The original steel retention pin that anchored the pad in place on the limber pole is present, as is the leather tab that held the pin in place.  There is an old paper tag attached to the leather tab with a typed description of the pad.   

This pad is very solid with some light surface crazing, however leather is solid with surface loss, no misshaping, and all of the seams and stitching is intact.   

Overall, this is an excellent example of a very necessary 19th Century Artillery implement that is not commonly found on the market.  (0831)  $325



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