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This planchette is 400 years old and in remarkable condition.
Pre-Civil War Victorian Sidesaddle
Notice the three pommels on this saddle, and the high cantle. (The lower pommel - the leaping horn - was a modern attachment for the safety of the rider). It also is made in the sweeping up hill form that forces the lady to sit uphill in the saddle. Makes riding the trot a challenge indeed! The seat has red velvet and was redone in good English leather by Lillian Chaudhary.
This saddle has three pommels, two stirrups and the makers brand. We believe it may have been used in a Wild West Show. The saddle looks to be double rigged and has all the trimmings to be a vintage western saddle that a man could have used and then turned around and setup for a lady to ride. Might it also have been used to ride sidesaddle on the off side?
Two western sidesaddles made by Lillian Chaudhary
A modern Whitman brand saddle.
Martin and Martin
Notice the spring flap on the offside in the left hand photo and the stirrup leather that runs under the saddle's seat to be adjusted on the offside.
An English sidesaddle of unknown origin.