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post #1 of 6 Old 07-24-2013, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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Info? Two Old, Rolled Bridles: TRIUMPH & Stubben

Hey all! I've been searching the internet (ok, Amazon and ebay, but whatever) for bridles this week for a show this weekend. It's just a county fair, and I don't show hunter (dressage ponies), so I was considering getting a cheap brown bridle to show in. However, I couldn't find any used ones by me, and the new ones were expensive and -it should go without saying- crappy, as most new tack items tend to be these days. On a last ditch attempt I tracked down a tack consignment store to its new location and drove over.
There I dug through the racks (beautiful older herringbone designs, stitched bridles, etc.) and left with two bridles.

1) The noseband is marked TRIUMPH Made in England. It is rolled leather (NICE quality), with the cheek pieces adjusting at the poll, not the sides. The noseband is interesting, kind of a drop style, though I don't think it's a drop. Any info would be wonderful. I'm probably going to be re-selling it, since I don't use show bridles.

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2) The crownpiece is stamped Stubben Made in Ireland, and the stamp looks very fresh. The leather is decent quality, but not nearly as nice as one would expect from an older brand bridle, leading me to believe it's a newer bridle. It's a mono-crown, with the cheek pieces adjusting from the buckle at the poll. It's rolled leather, though the noseband is not rolled and is wide and slightly raised, more of a dressage style. The superficial outermost layer of the leather is cracked throughout the bridle, as seen in a lot of newer bridles. Not sure if a good conditioning will solve that yet. Also, the bridle came with matching rolled/laced reins, and a matching rolled standing martingale. Very odd... Any info would be wonderful, as well as its value.

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Stubben told me they made the Siegfried saddles in Ireland only from 1969 to 1970 or 1971. I recall seeing that style of rolled bridle in horse magazines and catalogs from about 1967 or '68 into the early '70s. Those items could be quite old.
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Thank you! I'll look into that.
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Stubben told me they made the Siegfried saddles in Ireland only from 1969 to 1970 or 1971. I recall seeing that style of rolled bridle in horse magazines and catalogs from about 1967 or '68 into the early '70s. Those items could be quite old.
I think you're right. The Newmarket colour was popular until havanna took over in the eighties - my first bridle (1972) was that shade. the buckles look nickel rather than stainless, too, though it's hard to be sure, and that also points to pre-70s manufacture.

I've come across a Triumph bridle once before with an odd noseband - this time it was an in-hand type with a second adjustable noseband lying beneath the padded nosepiece. A sort-of 'controller' type effect but neat enough for showing.

They're decent quality English leather. Yours looks like a cavesson noseband of a slightly different design to the norm, but the headpiece seems long. Maybe it was a special, designed to sit above the bit and between a drop and a cavesson. Interesting pics!

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"Triumph" is an old brand name, too. They became Antill but I don't know what year.
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Thanks everyone!
I'm rather impressed with the Triumph bridle so far. It's adorable and the leather is so nice, plus it's very unique compared to the modern trends.
I'm far less impressed with the Stubben bridle. The leather seems newer (not super awesome quality, thinner, dry, grainy on the bottom, cracking on the top), but the style does suggest it's rather old.
I don't think I plan to keep the Stubben, simply because I dislike the leather. Any idea what I might be able to get for either bridle?
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