Category Archives: Stirrups

Antique and collectible stirrups

A Devon Stirrup

You learn something new every day – today I learned that leather slipper stirrups were also known as “Devon” stirrups and I learned rather too much about Basil leather. This is a rather worn leather slipper stirrup – it was … 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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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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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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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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Padded Stirrups

I tend to associate padded stirrups with modern endurance or trail riding saddles. So these were quite a surprising find – a pair of Victorian padded stirrups. The burnished steel construction (well, they would have been burnished at one point, … Continue reading

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Horse Tack in Art

Yesterday I attended a continuing education day about vaccines. It was held at the Royal Society, near Trafalgar Square, so I took the opportunity to visit the National Gallery. Everyone looks at different things on visiting a gallery – personally … Continue reading

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