Charro Saddle Rumored to be Santa Anna's
Single-stirrup saddle has ties to the one-legged general
The ornamentation on this saddle is enough to dazzle the eye, but it's the saddle's lore that may astonish the mind.
The raised pattern of the highly ornate plate pommel was hammered into the silver metal from underneath, a process referred to as repoussé. The leather of the single stirrup features metal embroidery in the shape of a rose with a circular silver medallion on the side. The saddle is rumored to have belonged to Santa Anna. The Mexican general lost his leg during the 1838–39 Pastry War between Mexico and France and used a saddle with a single stirrup. Do you think this saddle belonged to Santa Anna?
The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin
Clothing and Accessories
12 1/4" Length x 14" Width x 19 1/2" Depth
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