I need to recapitalize my small business, so I'm selling off a lot of stuff from my collection, including a 19th century Muley type saddle with an undocumented folk provenance of having belonged to a Texas cavalryman. I've listed it as a Civil War saddle but have made it clear in the auction that it MIGHT be post War and outlined some of the arguments either way.
Here's the link: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=260218891337
I'd be interested in y'all's views. I've discussed it with a couple of saddle historians who feel that there's a good chance it could be an original but that it's clearly been modified / messed around with over the years. Interested in the opinions of the folks on this forum - Ken Knopp, you out there?
It's quite similar to the "knobby" Muley that's on Ken's website and I've linked to his site & that picture (and put in a plug for his book).
I bought it because (1) it's such a fascinating "could be" (I love stuff that's been patched / repaired / modified over the years, (2) it was inexpensive and (3) I had an ancestor in a Texas Cavalry unit that mighta coulda theoretically used something like this. My reserve is low, as it reflects the fact that the provenance is only verbal / hearsay. As much as I want / need to get money for this, I don't want to turn into one of those Ebay skinners who try to sell iffy stuff as definitely CW. Personally, I think this one is a definite "maybe", nothing more... But possibly nothing less.
So, let the brickbats fly!
-- Kathryn Coombs