Monday, September 26, 2011

Sidesaddle for sale - with a caveat

Lot 141
An auction sale of Dr. Cormack's carriage collection is being held at Tralee in Caledon on October 1.  We have learned that there is a sidesaddle included in the items for sale.  What we can tell from the picture is that it is likely a catalogue saddle, e.g. Sears Roebuck or Montgomery Ward, from the late 1800s or early 1900s.  We have not be able to get additional photos. 

The caveat for this saddle, aside from the unknown condition of the saddle, is that it is probably very narrow with a short seat, probably about 18".  This limits the number of riders and horses that it will fit.  (To measure your seat length, sit on a straight-backed chair or against a wall and measure your thigh from the inside bend of your knee back to the chair back or wall.) You will also see that the leaping horn is positioned upside down in the photo, indicating that the seller is unfamiliar with sidesaddles.

For information on this auction, click here.


  1. OMG! I had a look through the auction listings and I can't believe what an amazing collection of carts/wagons/carriages etc! Just gorgeous stuff! Makes me want to take up driving too!

  2. They are beautiful, aren't they. The owner lives on the next concession road from me. It is very sad that he is selling such an extensive collection that I'm sure it had taken him years to build. I plan to go to the sale.