- Mar 7, 2009
In a trade for my labor on a firearms repair, among the dozen or so items I acquired were a couple of Rock Island Arsenal M1874 McKeever 45-70 cartridge boxes and a WW-I era M1904 US Cavalry saddle bag stamped "LONG" "1917" "J.C.". The saddle bag leather is pliable except for all 6 flap straps that are stiff and buckled closed. I have not attempted to unbuckle any of the straps in fear that I may crack or break the strap. Also, one of the cartridge boxes has extremely stiff leather and I'm afraid of opening that one for fear of damaging it. Is there a leather care product that you'd recommend that I should use? Any help is much appreciated.