Tuesday, 12 January 2010

A Habit That Went Home.

As an antique and vintage clothing dealer, I am sometimes VERY lucky and come across old side saddle habits. Fortunately (or unfortunately if you are me!), at 5'9" and a UK size 14/16 (US 12/14), I'm often too big for the vintage ones I find so it makes it a little easier for me to part with a habit when I come across one.

One day in 2007, I came across this EXQUISITE c. 1909- 1910 habit made from heavy weight navy blue wool by Edward Erl. The jacket was the typical longer length with a nipped in waist of the era and the apron was the "step in style". The jacket had a velvet collar and was lined in silk and still had the original maker's label with the address of 21 George Street, Hanover Square, London W.

The habit was in excellent condition but the heart breaker was that although the original wearer would have been my height (the length fit me perfectly), she was one dress size smaller than me so I decided to sell this beautiful habit.

I ended up selling it on Ebay to a lady named Kate that rode side saddle and didn't hear anything from her until a few months later when I received an email and some beautiful photos from her.

She told me that her horse was named Blue and that he came from a rescue charity. When the horse rescue charity came to visit and check up on Blue, she put on a side saddle display for them to show how well he was doing. She wore the beautiful antique habit while riding Blue for the charity.

If that wasn't wonderful enough, it turns out that Kate only lives one street over from where the habit was originally made!


  1. Yay I can post!

    That habit is absolutely gorgeous! I recently bought a navy blue habit that looks similar to that in style. Please, please, please let me know if you come across any vintage sidesaddle stuff in the future!

  2. I do come across side saddle stuff (and sometimes I even sell my own items as well) but the hard part is prying things from my hands!! ;-)

  3. Oooh well let me know if you have anything sidesaddle-ish to sell!
    How far are you from London? Some friends are I are thinking of maybe making a trip to London in July. Could be a fun sidesaddle meet up!

  4. I'm about 100 miles north of London but I would be totally up for a side saddle meeting!

  5. I have a habit very similar to this only in dark brown - made by Williams & Cleaver, London W1 - it has original labels, etc. Can anyone give me any information about it as I am think I am going to sell it and don't know anything about it. Thanks. Deb

  6. Sorry for the late reply, I'd love to see photos of it.