Tuesday, 12 October 2010

I rescued a Mayhew!

Just got back from work and found out that I won a 1930's Mayhew side saddle for £30!
Excuse the rubbish photos as they were taken on a phone which isn't the best phone in the world!! I always love to hear how people find old side saddles and restore them to their former glory. There are so few old name ones about that we need to save as many as we can.



I had to leave a commission bid as I was unable to attend the auction as I was at work but I ended up winning it. I guess there are not many side saddle riders near me and I doubt the many antique dealers that attend this auction, wanted to buy a side saddle that needed so much work.



It's about a medium to medium/wide fit so will fit Hattie and you can just see at the front that it has a point strap on the off-side which is good for Hattie too! I like the big, wide "Improved Grip" pommels it has that Mayhew was famous for! The leaping head screw looks a bit rusty but if some WD40 can't clean it, then I can buy a new one from Robert Jenkins.



I reckon it will probably need about £600 worth of work done on it. It will definitely need new panels as the old Ilsey Foam Rubber panels which were in style during the 1930's, have gone hard and yellow from age. I'm not sure if I will go with a Wykham pad again or normal panels, will have to see the costs involved and the fit with Hattie. Of course I will have all the girth straps replaced and it will need a new overgirth as well as the original one on it, looks a bit rat eaten! The rest of the saddle just needs a good clean and oiling to rejuvenate it and the doeskin will need cleaning.



I will post more photos when I go to pick it up on Friday!

13 comments:

  1. Poor ol' thing - and good for you!

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  2. Omg how exciting! Can't wait to see it brought back to life!

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  3. It's crazy how these things get neglected and end up like this. I'm really looking forward to getting it restored not to the cost though!!

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  4. What a steal! Please post pictures when you get it home and after it's gone through a good cleaning. I bet it'll look like a totally different saddle.

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  5. Have just been catching up with all the blogs that I read. You do such great posts. Full of information and enthusiasm. I wish you joy with your new saddle. Cheers.

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  6. Oh my goodness, that looks pretty rough. Can't wait to see the after pictures!

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  7. Thank you kippen64, glad you enjoy reading them :-)

    Deb, I looked rough after cleaning the darn thing!! All the dirt transferred onto me from the saddle, LOL!

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  8. hi i have one just like it
    also in a bad way.
    if anyone wants one

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    1. Are you going to restore it? Email me photos as I would love to see before and after ones!

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  9. hi
    no not going to restore, want to see it go to
    someone that will,
    all i would be looking for is postage and a
    small donation to my local scouts for a new
    roof. can email photos
    thanks

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    1. Hi, I would be interested. If the tree won't look like it would work for Hattie, then I know other budding side saddlers-in-training that may be interested in having a good poke round it. You can email me at crinolinegirl@gmail.com

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    2. I emailed you as I would like to give it a 2nd chance please :)

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