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January 22, 2013

Side saddle

Filed under: Item of the Day — Lizzie Ehrenhalt @ 9:30 am

Side saddleSide saddle stirrup

Woman’s leather side saddle with a floral pattern plush fabric seat. The saddle has a single slipper stirrup for the left foot with a heart shape cut out of the tread, an upright pommel for hooking the right leg, a horn to secure the right knee, and a cloth girth. ┬áJulia R. Ingraham Blake used the saddle. Julia married John Blake in 1858 and in 1861 brought the saddle with her when the couple moved from Massachusetts to Rochester, Minnesota. John Blake established a general merchandise store in Rochester and the couple lived there until 1882, when they moved to Minneapolis.

For details, view the saddle in our online collections database.

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