The saddle was modified using a federal Model 1859 saddle tree, with parts, and modified it for a Confederate officers use.
Confederate Officer’s Saddle – Crudely Reworked Using 1859 McClellan Tree.
I just purchased this about a month ago from another dealer who bought it from a walk-in at the Gettysburg Civil War Show 30 some years ago.
The dealer was told by the local seller, that it was found in a barn about 15 miles west of Gettysburg, somewhere in the Chambersburg, Pa. area.
The saddle was modified using a federal Model 1859 saddle tree, with parts, and modified it for a Confederate officers use, showing rough workmanship, and use of various other parts pretty much would eliminate use by a Union officer.
Skirts have been added, quarter straps and parts possibly a combination of military and civilian, as are the stirrups and straps. The simple leather girth uses a much older rectangular wrought buckle.
The russet leather seat is a loose fit ( but then I don’t know how it looked in the period), and the pommel is covered in reused brass trim from a federal artillery saddle. Some of the crudeness seen on the cantle and pommel would not have been seen when used, as these areas would have been covered with equipment, overcoat, etc.
I have not touched the saddle, nor has anyone apparently since the Civil War. It was a great fine back 30 some years ago, and still a deal at the starting bid.
In as found condition. What else could it be????