Category Archives: Military horse

How did this spur end up here ?

This old spur came as part of a collection of rather more glamorous 18th Century examples Frankly I wondered why the previous collector had bothered to keep it. Yes, it was old, likely late 18th century, but not an unusual … Continue reading

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German Military Bridle

I’ve just received a really nice email from someone seeking information about a German military bridle. I’m hopelessly ignorant about military equipment, so I thought I’d throw the question open to those who are far more knowledgeable on the subject. … Continue reading

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Spurs & Birds

I’ve spent far too much of today contemplating a spur. I’ve no idea of its provenance, I bought it at auction with a load of silver plated dinnerware. Eagles aren’t uncommon in military spurs, there’s a thriving trade in reproduction … Continue reading

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Renaissance Catalogue ?

The scarcity of reference material on antique saddlery and lorinery can be frustrating. Old catalogues from any era can be fascinating sources of information – but this one is special. It is in the prints and books collection of the … Continue reading

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Equestrian Memorial

The 11th of November seems an appropriate day to blog about the memorial to Edward Horner in St. Andrew’s Church in Mells, Somerset. The bronze equestrian statue by Sir Alfred Munnings stands on a stone plinth designed by Sir Edwin … Continue reading

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Horseshoe Case

For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the battle was lost. For want of a … Continue reading

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Military Stirrups

I bought these stirrups in London, they fascinate me. They are made of brass, which was once gilded. Only a little gilding remains, most has been enthusiastically polished away, there are residues of brass polish in just about every crevice of … Continue reading

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