Re: Wooden stirrups and civilian breast collar measurements
Not to stir up a hornet's nest, but does anyone have anything definitive as to when the double-rigged "Sam Stagg" type rigged saddles first appeared on the American market? It was my understanding that they probably were first used in the late 1860s as an adaptation to the growing cattle market. On the other hand, both Texas and California already had a cattle market prior to the war, so it stands to reason that they may have made an appearance by the 1850s?
And what about the saddle boot depicted in this pic? Were they seen prior to the late '60s as well?