Only a guess -
MD in Military abbreviations has a lot of meanings but could be Military District or Division in this case.
The only connection I can find between Military and Urmston that might fit with a cavalry saddle is Fort Urmston In Virginia
I really appreciate the help!!! Would they possibly have been used for parades or something else? Looks VICTORIAN too, so I guess the time period is right. Thanks again for the help!!
Just taking some rough guesses here.Why do you think that's part of a military saddle? I don't see anything about it that specifically suggests it's military. It would be very unusual for a military saddle to be decorated in that way. However, a lot of military saddles were surplussed off after WW1 and a civilian owner might decorate it.
VERY INTERESTING!!! DIDN'T KNOW THAT FORT URMSTON WAS SO SHORT LIVED. THE FIRE DEPT IDEA HAS WEIGHT TOO. Would love to see some photographic evidence of anything being hung on a hames for identification or pomp!!! It does have the look of a fire department swag during the VICTORIAN ERA! I'll have to research some old fire equipment from that era! If they're from England then It's a whole different ballgame trying to figure out what they would have used them for. Thanks for your theories and for expanding on the possibilities!!! RonThe only Fort Urmston I could find was a section of the Union siege lines around Petersburg, Virginia. It was active for only about 6 months, and abandoned when the Confederates began their final retreat.
It was an artillery emplacement. I don’t know what type of guns were there, or how the army transported heavy artillery. Possibly with heavy harness requiring collars and hames.
But the brief life of that fort would make me skeptical that any decorative horse tack would have been made for it.
The shape of the holes, and the wear pattern does suggest that it was hung over hames. Perhaps a fire department? Again, I don’t know what type of harness was used to pull the fire engines.
Yes, my first stab at research lead me to England. If the lettering had "FD" INSTEAD OF "MD" I WOULD LEAN HEAVILY TOWARDS THIS BEING FIRE DEPT RELATED! MAYBE THE MD IS MILITARY DISTRICT OR DIVISION AS JAYDEE SUGGESTED! THANKS FOR BRAINSTORMING!!! RONIf you dismiss any military connections, Urmston is in Lancashire UK.
The items could have been brought over to the US by someone
I think there was a nursing home for injured soldiers in Urmston UK, a lot of US military were hospitalized in theaters area during the war yearsYes, my first stab at research lead me to England. If the lettering had "FD" INSTEAD OF "MD" I WOULD LEAN HEAVILY TOWARDS THIS BEING FIRE DEPT RELATED! MAYBE THE MD IS MILITARY DISTRICT OR DIVISION AS JAYDEE SUGGESTED! THANKS FOR BRAINSTORMING!!! RON