Post by johnconyard on Apr 9, 2008 14:01:55 GMT -5
I'm a 4th century Roman cavalry re-enactor from York, Great Britain, used to four-horned saddles, and occasionally steppe saddles introduced by the Huns and the Germans.
But I have an interest in the ACW, and have recently bought a McClellan saddle. I'm fascinated by the origins of military equipment and how it is used. I'll work my way through the relevant sites to try and determine the pattern of the saddle. But the seat is stamped "MADE BY the T E Meanea Saddle Tree Co Dever ??" The last word is illegible. Presumably Colorado.
An internet search taught me something of his famous brother. But I wondered if anybody could tell me anything of T E Meanea, and if that would thread any light on the date of manufacture.
A good person to contact on saddles in general is the subcutaneous god of saddles and like equipment that goes by the name of Ken Knopp. One can contact him at (confederatesaddles.com). Good luck. P.S.:He is a very nice man who I personally know and would love to help or point you in correct direction.
- We had that confidence in him which I imagine the Old Guard had in Napoleon. -
I just found this post but thought I might reply....
This information was taken from the book OLD COWBOY SADDLES & SPURS By Grethchan & Mike Graham. For a photo of a Meana Saddle check out my web site. I have two for sale. One complete and one just a tree. www.confederatesaddles.com
Frank A Meana opend a saddle shop of which by 1873 he had become the proprieter known as the Frank A Meana Saddlery. Meana was a pioneer in the mail order saddlery business (although several other firms were also implementing this type of sales about the same time). Meana also designed and made the Cheyenne style cahps. His broker made all of his saddle trees for him until his death in 1928. After 1881 he marked his saddles "F A MEANEA MAKER CHEYENNE WT" then later WYO instead of WT. IN the later 30's and early 40's some saddles were made by the Tony Holmes Saddle Shop with the FA Veanea mark. These were sold through Western Ranchman Outfitters as the :Meanea" Cowboy Saddle. They all have a low cantle of the 40's sytle. Apparently, early Meanea's are high backs. The Meanea family continues today making saddlery and mark their saddles the same except it says, "FA Meanea Co".