Mule Man wrote:
Well...I wrote a long reply, but lost my internet connection......anyway...I suspect you're correct on the heart. #19 probably was a designated number for the tack but it may have also been the horse's designation......allowing that though the trooper may have named his persona mount, doubtful the Army did. To my knowledge no one makes a reproduction like the one you found.....too bad though .....to make it a period correct martingale for an enlisted man. I recently had a saddle made...haven't received it yet but had the choice of three different hearts for a martingale.....but I don't remember which one I chose.
I hope to get more information on the '33 and can find a maker...
Any idea the year of production?
It's so rare that collectors have never seen one before. Hard to put a date on it but based on everything else found in that camp I would guess 1846-48.