Book: In The Saddle, was Re: Saddle Question
- Happy New Year! With my Christmas money, I decided to buy several of
expensive academic books about the history of saddles, harness, and
wheeled vehicles. One book on my list was published a year ago
(October 30, 2004,) and I eagerly await its arrival.
In The Saddle, An Exploration of the Saddle Through History. 2004.
...The authors of the present volume, which is based upon a conference
held in 2002 at Saddlers' Hall in London, explored rare books and
manuscripts, private and fine art collections, archaeological
fragments, museum stores and family records to piece together this
account of the historic antecedents of the English astride saddle and
the parallel development of the side-saddle... saddle survival
depended upon a coincidence of care, neglect and good fortune. The
conservation of several of these rare survivals has made it possible
for their hand manufacture and original decoration to be described and
illustrated for the first time. This book describes how collaboration
between archaeologists, restorers and experimental riders...
Joe Back in his book, Horses, Hitches, and Rocky Trails, claims that
the McClelland saddle is perfect for making pack saddles, though a
McClelland pack saddle wouldn't look too period.
I have pack saddles on my mind because I recently finished documenting
and re-creating a 16th century pack saddle. (A typical SCA period
pack saddle doesn't look like the "sawbuck" pack saddle one associates
with the American west.) In the process of documenting period pack
saddles, I learned that the medieval side saddle is more closely
related to a pack saddle than it is to a period riding (astride) saddle.
I chose a pack saddle as my first period saddle to reconstruct because
it appeared to be the least complicated. I still need to make some
panniers (saddle bags). There seem to be an endless number of pannier
types to chose from. Grin. In the future, I want to make a period
Anyway, I would be happy to exchange bibliographies with you and to
discuss our mutual experiences with making period style saddles.
Lady Rachel of Bhakail
--- In WestKingdomEQ@yahoogroups.com, "Matthew" <ticeetal@y...> wrote:
> Greetings All,
> I ... have been gifted with an old McClellan
> saddle.... I'm looking at ...
> trying to restore this
> saddle .... I have noticed that some folks
> have used the tree of the McClellan as the foundation for a
> medieval style saddle...
> What would you recommend as good sources of information
> and possible patterns to accomplish this project. Any advice or
> comments would be greatly welcomed...