Thursday, April 2, 2009

old Polish saddle tree, version1

today I am going to show my own sketch of one of many versions of the Old Polish saddle trees. As far as I know nobody makes saddle trees like that in Poland anymore...
The basic design is Mongol or Mongol-Turkish and goes back to the saddles invented somewhere in the eastern Central Asian steppes 1500 years ago.

I am also attaching my own photo of a Polish Army Museum parade saddle, dated to the 17th century.

    Please forgive the poor quality of the photo and do note the ring curb-bit shown in the right side of my photo, the same design as the so called morisco curb bit of the colonial Spanish America.

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