Saddlery Competition 2019

Saddlery Competition 2019

This years National Saddlery Competition took place in February 2019. Organised by the Society of Master Saddlers it takes place every year at Saddlers Hall in London and is one of the main events of the year. My Entries This year, I entered four separate items into the following class categories: 2b - Level 3 In-hand Stallion Bridle 3a - Level 2 Trainee Saddle 5 - Special Open Class - Dressage Stirrup Leathers13 - The President's Choice Beta International One of the category's, 'The President's Choice', was displayed at BETA International during the 19th - 21st January 2019, to allow the public to vote their favourite. Can you spot mine amongst the other fantastic box work displayed? London Bound On Monday 4th February, my husband and I embarked on our 3.5-hour car journey down to London. We got there, had a meander around, and looked at all the entries including mine. There was some stunning work completed by trainee's, qualified and Master Saddlers. Prize Winners The prize winners were distinguished by a...
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The British Leather Industry

The British Leather Industry

The British Leather Industry became a global importance around the late 19th Century. Walsall, a town located in the West Midlands, became known as the centre of the British leather industry, producing and exporting saddles, bridles and harness. Why Walsall? It is unclear as to why Walsall became the centre for the British leather industry. Maybe it was due to the town already having an established Lorinery or Saddlers Ironmongery industry. What is Lorinery or Saddlers Ironmongery? Lorinery or Saddlers Ironmongery are specialist blacksmiths who produce horse-related metalwork such as stirrups, bits, buckles, spurs and saddle trees. In the 1830s it was a local Loriner ‘Thomas Newton’ who claimed to produce the towns first ready-made riding saddle. The Introduction of the Sewing Machine Around 1860 the sewing machine was introduced, which sped up the production of some leather items, particularly harness traces. By 1861 there were 60 known companies in Walsall making bridles, saddles and harness, as well as 15 Tanneries and Currying works that actually produced the leather. Export...
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