The saddle came without skirts, with holes pre drilled. Not wanting to leave holes like that open I added the skirts. I went with a 8/9 oz leather because I like having a lighter skirt on the saddle. It's hand cut, dyed on one side (I use fiebings USMS black because I feel it's a truer black so it's darker than the rest of the saddle), oiled with neatsfoot after, then sealed with a Carnauba Cream instead of Resolene so it's a natural wax. I hand stitched the saddlebag keeper.The screws are all from various other projects, most of them from old McClellans that got parted out. They may need to be adjusted/replaced as they might snag when riding once everything settles in. The rawhide wasn't as close to the tree on one side and the existing holes were all different lengths/widths. Holes looked like they never had screws in them. The saddle itself is dyed on one side, some of the dye has faded or wasn't applied as thick and shows inconstancies on the stirrups. The straps are thinner than I'd like, and keep in mind they are from 1997 whether or not they got used. There is a crack on the rawhide on the underside.
There are 6 coatstraps that come with it and they are thin/old enough to be cracking a little. If I didn't cover anything, please ask.I never rode in this, only put it on the horse to check it's fit. The item "Reproduction Civil War McClellan Cavalry Saddle by maker Tom Smith of NY" is in sale since Friday, December 17, 2021.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Reenactment & Reproductions\Other Civil War Reproductions". The seller is "cpascal42" and is located in Richwood, Ohio. This item can be shipped to United States.