Saddles and riding equipment
Gothic spurBaroque spurShabraque  - detailEscuffasNose-bandRenaissance spurHorse caparison after hetman Stefan Czarniecki

The collection of saddles and riding gear, both from Europe and the East, includes tacks, curbs and bradoons, stirrups, horseshoes, and spurs. Particularly valuable are the Polish and Turkish saddles and tacks, with their unique horse tack of turkish manufacture form the second half of the seventeenth century, which belonged to Hetman Stefan Czarniecki. Also richly ornamented tacks are the horse tacks made by Lwów Armenians in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries from the Cielecki, Tarnowski, and Jabłonowski families. 

Piotr Wilkosz
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