U.S. Cavalry Saddle Bags
We have two "pair" available at the moment; both pretty nice. Since there are two bags per set, even though they are riveted together, each set constitutes a "pair".
We've had about 6 of these over the years; not always easy to come by ....
A. 1914 World War 1 era Each bag is marked "U.S.". There is a small inscription on the rigging crossmember "Rock Island 1914 HEK"
Copper rivets on the joinder piece at the top are add on's; looks like a second piece of leather was layed over the original bag joinder and then riveted. Not a bad job but definately a patch. Likewise, someone used some wire to re-join the bottom outer of the left bag to the backing. I didn't even notice it before I got these ... but it really is obvious.
Leather is probably 60-70%; mostly plyable. Canvas bag liners (a rarity) are still in and intact. Overall, a reasonable good set of display bags ... or a marginal set of usable bags. For almost 110 years old ... a testament to the quality of the production back when.
Three of the buckles are brass (probably the originals) and three are steel roller buckles. Interestingly, the right bag has 2 brass and one roller; the left bag 2 roller and 1 brass. Straps are really quite pliable.
"B" No visable date, but probably a bit newer than the first bags. Still with the proper "US" stamped onto each bag. Leather is a bit stiffer; probably 40-45% but all the seams are still intact. No extraneeous rivets. 5 brass buckles; one (center right bag) is MIA.
Someone has carved "HONDA" into the right bag and a couple of rivets have been replaced, but again, a nice historic set of US Cavalary saddle bags.