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Cavalry & Horse Equipment - Spurs & Stirrups
Misc. Non-Excavated
Scarce Original Pair of Civil War "Break-Away" Pattern Saddle Stirrups
Item #: L5538
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Here is a rare pair of Civil War era stirrups. This is the version that is pictured on page 290 of the wonderful book entitled The American Military Saddle, 1776- 1945 by Dorsey and McPheeters. These are what is referred to as the Civil War, non-regulation breakaway stirrups. There a very interesting design because they have the feature of being able to open and release the foot of a rider if he is thrown from his horse. The lower portion has the spring that allows the side of the stirrup to tilt outward. This matching pair have a beautiful dark untouched patina. Both of the springs still work well as you can see in the images. In the book they refer to 2 of these stirrups that were excavated as well as the one set that is on the saddle of Captain W. Steuart Symington who served with the Confederacy on the staff of Major General George Pickett. His saddle has this style stirrup as well as the brass pommel shield which is embossed "CS". You get both of these wonderful original Civil War era iron stirrups for $350.

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