Side saddle

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Titles Side saddle
Description Woman's leather side saddle with a floral pattern plush wool mohair fabric seat. The mohair appears to have been colored brown, green, black and red, and has areas of significant fading and color loss. The leather fenders on either side have a stippled pattern of impressed dots overall, with borders that have a 'wavy rope' pattern. The saddle has a single slipper stirrup for the left foot with a heart shape cut out of the tread, an upright pommel for hooking the right leg, a horn to secure the right knee, and a cloth girth cinch. Julia R. (Ingraham) Blake used the saddle. Julia married John Blake in 1858 and in 1861 brought the saddle with her when the couple moved from Massachusetts to Rochester, Minnesota. John Blake established a general merchandise store in Rochester and the couple lived there until 1882, when they moved to Minneapolis. No marking observed.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 23 inches length (pommel to cantle)
14 inches width (seat)
17 1/2 inches width (left flap)
11 1/2 inches width (right flap)
3 1/2 inches length (stirrup iron, front to back)
3 1/2 inches width (stirrup iron, side to side)
Nomenclature saddle (seat)
Materials leather
iron (metal)
Subjects Used by: Blake, Julia R.
Found at: Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Used in: Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota, United States
Animal Equipment
Dates Use: Exactly 1861
Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers 6805.1 (Accession Number)

User Comments

  • don larson on May 7, 2016 08:16:16 PM
    My dad bought one like this in the 1960's, and although it is in poor condition, I still have it. We are from utica Minnesota, were he bought it, and it also has the heart shaped pomel, on the left side.

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