Post by hillsottfam on Apr 18, 2010 11:33:16 GMT -5
My Mother had an actual US cav McClellan, kept at the commercial barn whose horse she rode in Bennington, VT. One of the regular riders at the barn stole it in 1972.
This saddle had a special hand-made extra-long leather girth cinch made for it, and had a broken brass piece--a sort of a bracket--missing, on the cantle--unsure of which side. This is apparently a 1931 model, though we are not certain. It was a gift to her from a WW II Cav officer, and the person that stole it later fessed up, saying that she had "taken it to clean it, and forgot to lock her car doors, and it disappeared from the car."
We're sure that was a line of BS. If anyone knows of the history of this saddle, details would be appreciated.
Post by hillsottfam on Apr 21, 2010 21:22:33 GMT -5
I know this is a long shot (and that's an understatement), and we've since come to find that these aren't a real high dollar saddle compared to what can be had out there, but if anybody has come across a "sweet deal" that had come out of that area...a family member that bought a McClellan from someone that had gotten it "for a song" or just simply for "very cheap" from that general are, that general time frame.
Any link to this piece of my family history would be appreciated.