Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Old Poland Horse Tack from the Malbork Castle

today I am going to share some photos - perhaps not be best quality but very informative - of some Old Poland horse tack.
Ad rem, yesterday my friend Radek Sikora, Ph.D., gave a lecture at the old Malbork Castle Museum. The subject matter was obviously the history of the winged hussars and their relation  to the castle and the surrounding lands, as many historic battles involving or featuring husaria took place in this part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.  Note that it was an important fortress in North-Western Polish Kingdom since 1457, seat of a starost who was nominated by the king with the consent of the Crown council and later senate. - Dzieje Malborka by prof. Karol Gorski

dr Radek took a tour, for the n-th time, of the castle and took some photos with his phone - hence so so quality- of the exhibits inside the castle.
With dr Sikora's kind permission I am sharing these photos with you for your enjoyment and pleasure -

Old Polish horse tack and saddles -
the overview of the display

bridles and halters

at the foot of the horse mannequin there is a breastplate

complete bridle with curb-bit and reins

no bit, but there are reins to complete this bridle, also it may be a breastplate below, huge shabraque in then background

no reins, also the halter has no throatlatch strap but a poll strap with a 'halzbant'
cub-bit and snaffle bit and metal muzzle with shabraque, spurs on the right..
a detail of a fine Polish sabre

curb-bit hung upside down, spurs of various periods on the right
unusual saddle -  leather covered seat and skirts survived

'bare' saddle tree - without the textile skirts and seat, but pommel and bars' adornments survived

'jarczak'-style saddle tree, again no textile or leather seat and skirts survived, beautiful stirrups at the bottom - note two straps for attaching the cinches, a fragment of a period curbbit hung upside down

Old Poland-style crupper


1 comment:

jenj said...

Do you by chance know the approximate dates on the bridles? I'm guessing 1800s?