Object Title

Saddle frame

Saddle frame

Date

1700-1799

Object Number

XXVIH.19

Provenance

Acquired before 1859.

Physical Description

The basis of the saddle are two curved boards of wood rather roughly shaped underneath and slotted on each outside edge for stirrup straps. The two boards are joined by the cantle and pommel which are of iron plates fretted with stylised foliage. The cantle slopes backwards at a low angle and has its junction with the wood filled with some composition to smoothe out the joint. The pommel has its lower edge arched for the horse's neck and there is an iron bar with flattened ends riveted to the underside of the woodwork similarly arched. Both front and back panels have their outer edges covered by a circular section iron rim. The whole upper surface of the saddle has been lacquered red, the underside being black. The saddle fastens to the remainder of the harness by means of anchorage points positioned on the outer ends of the wooden boards that extend beyond the front and back. At the front these take the form of two iron loops protruding through hemispherical bosses, the legs of the loop being bent outwards under the board. At the rear there are two such bosses, each with a staple, a short rod of wood connecting the two.

Dimensions

Dimensions: The length of the saddle from front to back is 580 mm, the width being 317 mm. Weight: The weight of the saddle is 3.45 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

Associations

Places Burma

Bibliographic References

John Hewitt, Official Catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.449, p.112.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.395, p.13.

Notes

Hewitt describes this as a saddle with stirrups but no suitable stirrups now exist.