Location: Alabama, United States

I am older than dirt and approaching retirement. I intend to drive my wife over the edge with discussions of saddles, mules and the repair of Army leather work.

Sunday, September 16, 2007


Handbook for Quartermasters,
Parts I to V, Quartermaster General, GPO, 1930

I. Administrative
II. Supply
III. Transportation
IV. Construction
V. Miscellaneous Information

These scans are from the Handbook for Quartermasters, 1930:

Plate 119. Cantle bag, M-1917.

Plate 120. Cavalry bridle, M-1909

Plate 121. Field Artillery Bridle (for individual mounts), M-1914.

Plate 122. Bridle and martingale, M-1920.

Plate 123. Riding bridle, quartermaster.

Plate 124. Halter, complete, M-1904.

Plate 125. Halter, headstall, quartermaster.

Plate 126. Leading harness, veterinary (half of a set).

Will some knowledgeable person please explain what this is for?

Plate 127. Pommel Pockets, M-1917.

Plate 128. Saddlebags, M-1904.

Plate 129. Quartermaster saddlebags.

Plate 130. Officers’ field saddle, M-1917.

Plate 131. Cavalry McClellan saddle, M-1904.

Plate 132. Cavalry McClellan saddle, M-1904 modified.

Note that it is not yet called the M-1928.

Plate 133. Field Artillery McClellan saddle, M-1904.

Plate 134. Riding saddle, mule, M-1913.

Plate 135. Riding saddle, packers’, full rigged.

Plate 136. Riding saddle, packers’, skeleton rigged.

Plate 137. Training saddle, M-1916.

Plate 138. Training saddle, M-1926.

Plate 139. Watering tank, M-1925.

The watering tank is one of the loads carried on the Phillips Pack Saddle (Cavalry type).


Blogger William said...

I think I just was given on of the mule saddles. Do you have more information on these?
Thanks Bill

1:10 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

I've sen you comments on military and you seem to know your stuff. Could I ask a question on the 1917 phillips? The plate you have is the one I normally see. I use one that I ride in a least once a week and love, but the pommel bags are different. The bags have a metal prong on each bag that slip into a metal hole, not on the side as in the plate, but in the leading edge of the saddle. A bad idea-they work loose at the trot very quickly. Could this be a variation? I bought mine after it had been recovered in Fayetteville, NC in 1978 which is why I use it (no collector value)but the pommel bags really bug me.

8:53 PM  

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