Battle-worn, WW2 / WWII German Army "project" saddle that needs some work to finish. Model 25 (Armeesattel 25), size 4, dated 1935, manufacturer stamped "R. Larsen, Berlin S.W. 45." Complete with issue stirrup leathers and Waffenamt proofed stirrups (dated 1936) . This saddle saw some hard use, but it is one of the most complete, original setups I came across so I bought it to restore. The tree was broken in the back (the steel reinforcing plates between the rear bars and cantle had snapped), so I had a German saddler repair and test it with no issues. I also had him re-string one side of the rawhide seat strip on the tree (see pictures of all the repairs). The seat itself has some cracking and tears on the pommel flaps and a scar across the main seat surface. The skirts are in beautiful condition. The upolstered panels are also in good condition - with the exception of the pockets at the front of each panel - these are cracked and have torn free in places. The stirrup leathers are complete and have the correct rawhide lacing, but are suitable for display use only. The stirrups themselves are FANTASTIC - a bit rusted, but that should clean up easily. They are dated 1936, have the Waffenamt stamp and one still has the leather tread cover buckled to it . They are also stamped with the manufacturer's mark - a "WR" in a circle. I have resisted numerous offers to "part out" this saddle - particularly the stirrups and stirrup leathers (getting hard to find); the saddle really needs to be saved - I just do not have the time and energy to work on these any more. This is a NO RESERVE auction, "as is" for saddle, stirrups and stirrup leathers . I hung the various pieces together for the gallery picture to show that a little time and effort in the basement this winter will turn this into a great saddle for use or display.I will be liquidating my 20-year collection of WWI / WW1 and WWII / WW2 German cavalry equipment over the next few weeks on E-Bay; continue to check my listings. All sales final so ask questions before bidding. All payment by USPS money order only. Insurance is a must. NO FOREIGN SALES.
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