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Leo Todeschini
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PostPosted: Wed 15 Apr, 2009 1:44 am    Post subject: Norman saddle information request         Reply with quote

Hi Guys,

I have been comissioned to make a late Norman circa 1180 saddle.

I have found some guidance pictures from the Norman Knight Osprey book, but have no other corroborating pictures or sources.

Does anybody out there have any information about the construction or otherwise is the Osprey book correct?

Any help would be very welcome.

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PostPosted: Wed 15 Apr, 2009 4:38 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

hello,

you need to contact jesse bailey. I'm not sure if he is on myArmoury or not. he has made i think the only period Norman saddles in the western hemisphere. he was working with the vikingsNA also. i havent talked to him in over a year but i do know he is still in GA.
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PostPosted: Wed 15 Apr, 2009 5:05 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Chuck Russell wrote:
hello,

you need to contact jesse bailey. I'm not sure if he is on myArmoury or not. he has made i think the only period Norman saddles in the western hemisphere. he was working with the vikingsNA also. i havent talked to him in over a year but i do know he is still in GA.


He is a member here. He can be found in our Memberlist.

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PostPosted: Wed 15 Apr, 2009 7:03 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

here are some pictures of the saddles he did.

http://www.historiclife.com/images/Normans/Co...0_0995.jpg
http://www.historiclife.com/images/Normans/Co...0_0922.jpg
http://www.historiclife.com/images/Normans/Co...0_0896.jpg
http://www.historiclife.com/images/Normans/Co...0_0894.jpg
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PostPosted: Wed 15 Apr, 2009 11:37 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks very much for that, it will be very useful

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PostPosted: Fri 17 Apr, 2009 10:44 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

You would be very well served to contact the treasury at Westminster to get copies of the conservation photos of Henry V's saddle. It's a bit of a different pommel and cantle design, but I believe many of the configuration and construction details are applicable to earlier saddles.

Norman saddles should not be clunky or cartoonlike. They should be very elegant and refined, even though they are not as sophisticated as later saddles. They should definitely not be considered "primitive". Let's face it, even Roman saddles aren't "primitive", they were just designed for a different type of riding and did that job very well.

I wish we could get together sometime to discuss stuff like this. I think we would have much to talk about.

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PostPosted: Thu 23 Apr, 2009 1:47 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for the hints Jeffrey and I think you are right, we would have a lot to discuss and I suspect that one day we wil, perhaps at TORM. If my kids weren't at such awkward ages I think I would be heading to your side of the pond more often.

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