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Harness Saddle

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T6248
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1800 - 1900


This painted wood harness saddle is from Scandinavia, dating from the early 19th century. It was not used as a seat for a rider. Instead it was placed on the horse's neck and acted as a guide for the reins which would have rested against the carved heads. Originally it would also have had bells attached to the iron bands at each end. Despite the carving and metal work decoration, this saddle is a restrained and rather unsophisticated example. Local craftsmen in Scandinavia produced harness saddles in a variety of styles which included carvings of stylised animals and floral and geometric patterns.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Carved. Joined. Painted.


Height:29.7 cm
Width:47.1 cm
Depth:20.8 cm