Glenn Pier Depot
Richmond Arsenal McClellan includes:
Hand Bent Oak Stirrups
M1859 Pattern Girth (various styles)
6 Coat Straps (leather or canvas)
Slightly Abbreviated Skirts
C.S. Embossed Pommel Shield (Richmond or Western)
Hand Forged Foot and Ring Staples
Clipped Corner Slot Plates
Western Arsenal McClellans are too varied in style to include all variations. However, Glenn Pier Depot will make any pattern McClellan desired.
All sewing is done by hand with a kit-waxed finish at no extra charge
While the Confederate McClellan attempted to follow the Federal McClellan specifications, the trooper's saddle was usually skeleton-rigged due to the extreme shortages of metals and leather in the Confederacy. The Confederate McClellan was noted for its lack of hardware. A single row of screws was used to hang the skirts, brass tacks were sometimes used to attach the mortise plates instead of screw (escutcheon) pins, and hand-forged, "driven-in" foot staples were used in place of screw-on footman loops. The Richmond Arsenal McClellan was the closest copy of the M1859 and was manufactured most consistently throughout the war. As the war progressed, skirts were often shortened and stirrup covers were discontinued.
|Western Confederate McClellan Saddles|
Left & Below: Western Confederate McClellan. Features
steel screws, zinc slot plates & pommel shield, high & narrow pommel, and
distinctive stirrup hangers.
Reproduced from Confederate Saddles & Horse Equipment by Ken Knopp, p 79, with additional information from the author.
|Pictured Right is the original saddle the above is based upon.|
|Enameled Cloth McClellan Saddle|
Exact numbers are unknown, but this saddle was
made extensively at the Atlanta, Augusta, Macon, Selma & Columbus Arsenals,
starting as early as Feb 1863 to the end of the War.
This example was copied from an original; other options such as rings, staples, shields, slot plates can be added at customer's request.
As Seen $490.00
|Seen above and below, this saddle is made covering the saddle tree with several layers of Osnaburg fabric, then enameled, with skirts and seat made separately of heavier weight canvas, also enameled. Quarterstrap assembly is made of 3-ply heavy-weight canvas web and handsewn to the skirts, front and back. Stirrup straps and girth billets are the only parts made of leather. This example uses a heavy canvas McClellan girth. Pommel shield and slot plates are tin and copied from originals. Driven Footman Staples and distinctive stirrup hangers are hand-forged. All of this work results in a saddle that is strong, durable and incredibly economical to produce, and despite its unusual appearance, is surprisingly comfortable.|
Above is the original the saddle was based upon
This saddle could not have been produced without the invaluable research and input of Ken R. Knopp, author of Confederate Saddles & Horse Equipment and Made in the CSA [as well as his website www.confederatesaddles.com]