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!