On the bottom of the saddle, the old wool Muslin, circa 1850's thru 1870's, was hard to find, but we did. The outside edge of the base has been bordered with new leather, the original leather binding showing too much wear..
The leather throughout has been conditioned, and is really quite nice for its age, except for the little areas where the location of previous footloops show up as little holes. Some of the leather still shows quite a bit of surface cracking or crazing, particularly the offside fender and the stirrup leathers. The decision was made to leave the original leathers, even though they do show considerable surface cracking, and their safety as stirrup leathers is very questionable.
However, they do add value to the saddle. The stirrups themselves are the old, early 1800's to Civil war, keyhole type.
They have been cleaned and coated with black sometime before I received the saddle. The billets are good, the fenders are as well, with little areas of 100 year wear visible. I do not know exactly how you measure these saddles, but measured as an English saddle it is a 16, although I think that is more likely a 17.5 in plantation saddles. The item "ANTIQUE 17.5 Civil War Era Plantation Saddle Restored Confederate Army Irons" is in sale since Wednesday, October 04, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Western Americana\Saddles".The seller is "bubudawgs" and is located in Concord, New Hampshire. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Russian federation, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion.