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Modified Driving Bit

I’m trying to work out what has happened to this bit and why. It’s a 19th Century steel Austrohungarian driving bit with an arched mouth – that much is clear. However on its near (left) side it has a Pelham … Continue reading

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Georgian Riding Belts

If I were King George IV I’m not sure that I would have given my Royal Warrant to someone who made “riding belts” so that they could effectively advertise my need for a corset. In Shaun Cole’s “The Story of … Continue reading

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Vigor’s Horse Action Saddle

A few years ago I was hugely amused by this advert : So, when I saw one at auction I needed little encouragement to buy it : Considering its age (it dates from the 1890′s ) it’s in pretty good … Continue reading

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A Pair of Hercules Bronze Spurs with a History

One of the frustrations of buying things at auction is that they often come without any history or provenance and I am left wondering how some piece of cowboy equipment ended up here in the South West of England. Well, … Continue reading

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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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