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Miniature Stirrups

I recently bought a silver slipper stirrup from an online auction – I probably should have read the description more carefully, I was a little surprised when it arrived … I don’t know if it was made as a toy … Continue reading

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The Tailor of Leigh on Sea

OK, this isn’t exactly a John le CarrĂ© story – it is, however an interesting glimpse into someone’s life… I recently bought a collection of cowboy / western gear – it’s always intriguing to wonder how it ended up here … Continue reading

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Cope Safety Stirrups

It is a frustrating fact that very few old sidesaddle safety stirrups will fit a modern boot. So I was very pleased to find TWO large Cope safety stirrups in the bottom of a case of tack Just a minute … Continue reading

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Latchford, the Loriner (and Grave Despoiler?)

If you find yourself in Trafalgar Square I would recommend visiting the crypt of St.Martin-in-the-fields for several reasons : It is a remarkable brick built vaulted structure They have an excellent cafe And high up on one of the pillars … Continue reading

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Old Riding Schools

This fascinating advert appears in the Bath Directory of 1846 : It reads : “CARTER’S Riding School, Livery & Commission Stables, Top of Russell Street, Bath Ladies & Gentlemen taught the Polite Art of Riding by an Experienced Master Horses … Continue reading

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Stirrups, Shells and Shipwrecks

A maritime exhibition in a museum of archaeology might not be the most obvious place to find a silver stirrup. However this was part of the exhibition of maritime archaeology at Lisbon’s Archaeological Museum It is catalogued as a silver … Continue reading

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Beagling Whip Hospital

    This little beagling whip came from an online auction. It had looked great in its photo. And indeed it has an antler handle well carved as a hound’s head ( complete with the surprised expression that the dogs … Continue reading

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Captain Flora Sandes

This rather splendid portrait is part of the World War I exhibition at Bath’s Fashion Museum My attention was caught by the horse leg handled whip (and the boots, if I’m honest). However, the short biography of the sitter was … Continue reading

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Equestrian Decor

  Someone contacted me last week looking for old eggbutt bits to use as curtain tie-backs (or more accurately drape tie-backs, they were in the USA) This sounded like an interesting idea & got me looking around the web for … Continue reading

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Safety Stirrups

This image attracted me to the Project Gutenberg Ebook of Alice M. Hayes’ “The Horsewoman, A Practical Guide to Sidesaddle Riding” (The whole text can be read here ) The front page of the book tells us that it is … Continue reading

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