This is a good condition pair of Mounted Officer's Saddle Stirrups as used by high ranking Federal and Volunteer Officers as early as the War of 1812 and used through the Civil War. The display a patriotic eagle medallion on each side and are made of iron and are coated with brass. I doubt that the coating of brass is sheet as many claim. Rather, these parts and others like them are hot dipped, similar to the production of galvanized steel where steel parts or a continuous sheet are dipped on a continuous mill that runs into a vat of molten zinc and rises out with a few thousands of an inch of shiny crystalized zinc on the surface. I doubt that there were rows of workmen with teeny tiny hammers clanking away on sheet brass to form it over these stirrups. The only alternative process during their period of manufacture that was efficient and makes sense was a molten dip. The coating provided corrosion resistance and was quite decorative. After polishing, these would be have been lacquered or had a flash of gold gilt applied for the finished effect. This pair, which I estimate was made during the Mexican War, retain all of there brass coating, but are filthy dirty. They are untouched. A gentle cleaning would bring them back to life and these are great for display on a book-shelf or when put onto a fine period saddle. These used to sell for $2500 - 3500.00. These are quite reasonably priced.