Monday, 28 February 2011

Just Browsin' and Shoppin' on Ebay...

I have a love/hate relationship with Ebay...

I love it because it's fun to look at stuff and you can find really obscure things on there (like side saddle things!) yet I hate it as it makes you spend money, often on things you can't afford!

I won two side saddle images recently, one is a postcard dated February 24, 1914, showing a lady in a walking outfit (too bad it's not a riding habit although she is holding a whip!) holding a grey horse. You can just see it's side saddle with the pommels rising out of the top of the lady's head!!

The other image is a c. 1900 cabinet card from France showing a lady in her straw boater hat riding her Thoroughbred type horse. Her side saddle has a vestigial off-side pommel but note her neat saddle pad with "C" on it! I wonder if "C" was one of her initials or of her horse?

These two items were pretty cheap to buy, only a couple of £'s but I have been eyeing up this Mayhew off-side side saddle on Ebay for the past few days that it has been on there.

Unfortunately (or fortunately for my husband), it's WAY too small for me and Mayhew trees don't suit Hattie anyways, so the temptation for me to bid on it is gone but oh how I'd like to add it to my "collection"!

A Mayhew stirrup fitting made in the opposite direction...

I love when saddles have their original labels on the underside of the trees...

This one has a date of June 30, 1903 (my grandfather would have been 3 months and 1 day old when this tree was made!). Interestingly, the label states a seat measurement of 16" but the seller
states that the seat is 15". It's like my Beck Morrow where the label gives a seat measurement of 18" but the seat actually measures 17". They must have measured differently back then.

Thanks again to Google Maps, I found the building where Mayhew was located, it's now a Lebanese restaurant!

The tree maker's address, 26 Horace St., Queen St., Edgware Rd., was a little harder to find but wasn't actually that far from the Mayhew premises. It turns out the Queen Street was renamed to "Harrowby Street" and Horace Street renamed to "Cato Street". Actually, it seems that it was Cato street until the early- mid 19th century, then renamed Horace Street and now is back to Cato Street.

Unfortunately, most of the buildings on Horace/Cato street look to be from the 1950's- 1980's which may mean that the street was heavily bombed during WWII and reconstruction began in the 1950's. There are only a couple of older houses left on this narrow little street right at the top of Cato Street where it meets Queen/Harrowby Street under a little old pedestrian archway.

The numbering of the old houses goes up from no. 19 so the tree maker at no. 26 may have been located near the archway if the numbering did not change on the street.


  1. I saw that Mayhew too and thought "ohhh pretty!" Maybe it is just as well I don't live in the UK, I would hate to think how many sidesaddles I would have tucked away by now... lol

  2. Have you checked for vintage postcards? I've bought from this site before and had good service. No sidesaddle here, but sweet:
    and this is intriguing:

  3. No, I've not checked out that website but will now add it to my lost of websites to browse on!

    The seller of the off-side Mayhew just posted this about the measurements of the seat and how they differ from the label's ones (like my Beck Morrow):

    "The actual measurements of this saddle are 15" from the cut back head to the cantle and 10 3/4" across the widest part of the seat. (The tree label is 1" wrong on both measurements)."

  4. Wonderful history you are doping on these sidesaddle sites. I travel to the UK often enough and would love to see some of those places, maybe watch the Addington show!

    Jane Marie in Ithaca, NY