18th Century European Carved Wood Saddle

An eighteenth century wooden saddle. This saddle has geometric decoration on its front and back, and, on the front, the date 1796 is carved, and the initials "EPB" ( ? the maker).
On one side of the saddle iron loops support a shelf or platform of wood, suggesting that this was a footrest for early sidesaddle. Part of the platform has broken off, so one corner is no longer attached to the saddle. On the opposite side of the saddle it would appear that there had been another piece of wood, forming the back support of the saddle, or perhaps part of a "selle fermier", which could be adapted to work as a sidesaddle, an astride saddle or a basket.

I am told that the decoration is chip carved and Northern European, possibly Scandinavian. The saddle has suffered from woodworm, this has been treated. I am not sure of the type of wood.
Dimensions : 42cm (16½") long, 35cm (13¾") wide and 28cm (11") tall

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Ref: Saddle031

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