Tag Archives: antique

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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Tethering Posts

However specialised your field of collecting, someone somewhere in the world probably shares your passion . I was delighted to find this book : “Horsing Around – 19th Century Cast Iron Hitching Posts”, it’s a catalogue of an exhibition of … 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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Tie-Up Bobbins

These things sit in my office & intrigue all who see them. I have heard them described as “Tie Up Bobbins”, “Manger Balls”, “Tying up blocks” and “Manger blocks”. They date back to a time when there were many working … Continue reading

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Antique Drenching Bit

    Medicating horses has got so much easier – or so I tell myself as I scrape worming paste out of my hair. And I do wonder how effective a wormer is once it has disappeared up a horse’s … Continue reading

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Whip construction

This whip has a beautiful silver handle & collar, decorated with cast coiled serpents. Unfortunately the covering of the shaft or stock has suffered some damage. Looking on the bright side – this does let us look at the construction … Continue reading

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Saddle Flasks and their contents

While photographing some saddle flasks for my website my thoughts turned to the stuff we put in them. Now, I can see the need for sustenance & possibly a bit of Dutch courage when out hunting – hence traditional combinations … Continue reading

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