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sld 09-25-2012 02:01 PM

Antique saddle question
I am trying to determine when this drawing of a horse was made (I'm pretty sure it was before 1900.) Do any of you experts see any details in the saddle that would point to a certain time period?

unclearthur 09-25-2012 04:12 PM

Tail apart it looks vaguely like an early carousel horse to me, but that's just an impression. The tack looks circus x medieval - no clues I can see.

I reckon it was drawn much later, though. Steam carousels appeared in the 1840s, if memory serves.

Allison Finch 09-25-2012 04:17 PM

It looks more fanciful than historically accurate. Sorry.

Speed Racer 09-25-2012 04:28 PM

What Allison said. Looks more like a youngster's drawing than anything else.

What does the inscription under the picture state? I can see that there are words underneath the drawing.

sld 09-26-2012 10:28 AM

Thanks for the replies. A carousel horse is a good thought.
The text under the horse is just the name of the girl who drew it, in Fraktur lettering. The top 3 candidates I've found with that name would've been around age 16 in the years 1840, 1870, and 1900. The spelling of her name "Eliesabeth", and presence of a "" in her last name suggest to me an earlier date.

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