Saddle shields, 101
Wow. Research is making me question something I thought I had learned years ago.
First off, I've seen shields that only have "Allegheny Arsenal" stamped on them. I never thought much about it before, because mine reads "12 INCH SEAT" which is pretty clear, at least from a military POV, but now I have reason to ask "What seat size is that?". Wait, it gets better.
I have also seen shields stamped with either a 1, 2, or a 3 above the words "Allegheny Arsenal". I thought the "1" stamp was for the 11" seat, but I just picked up an older Carrico made McClellan with the Allegheny "1" stamp that seems to be the same seat size as my 12" McClellan. Huh? Okay, time for a google search! That revealed a picture of one that was stamped with a 4. OMG. Unless this is a regimental number or something that was done post-war, I'm really getting flummoxed.
So I come here, and rather than put my confusion on display, I do an AC search and find a thread from 2004 that not only did not explain the basic nomenclature, it ended with someone stating that shields stamped "11 INCH SEAT", "11 1/2 INCH SEAT", "12 INCH SEAT", weren't used on CW saddles at all and were not introduced until the 1880's or possibly even later. Really?!? Since the thread ended without anyone ever contradicting that statement, and with google and AC searches just adding to my confusion, I find myself chagrinned, kepi in hand, having to ask if someone can please explain the basics of saddle shields to me.
Then, I would like to also know how to measure a Mac, as I tried that on my 12" seat and couldn't find a measurement of 12".
My brain hurts.
Gary Lee Bradford, Captain
9th Kansas Regiment Volunteer Cavalry, Company F
On patrol of the KS / MO border
In honor of my great-great uncle, Pvt. Sidney J. Hatch, 7th Tennessee Cavalry (US), Co. D, who died Sept. 23, 1863, at the age of 21. .