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Antique - Primitive Chinese or Mongolian Saddle Stirrup - Very Unique

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Scott had a short break from his English teaching gig in South Korea so he decided to fly over to China and take in some Chinese culture (one more country off his to do list.) While visiting the Great China Wall, he slipped away from the tour group he was with and made his way down the streets of a nearby rural village. In a small shop filled with exotic oriental antiquities, he spied what looked like a primitive horse saddle stirrup. The old man who ran the shop was sitting in a dimly lit corner watching a small black and white television set. He saw Scott was interested in the stirrup and he grinned, nodded and said in broken English, "You rike? wary, wary old... for horse." He did his best to pantomime a man riding a horse since the words in English escaped him. "You buy?"

Scott laid some money on the table but the man nodded that it wasn't enough. Scott pulled two more bills out and said, "That's all, no more." while raising his hands up.

The store owner shook his head back and forth indicating that it still wasn't enough. Scott reach down to pick up his money and leave, but the man put his hand down on the stack of cash and broke into a broad smile and said, "That okay, you buy.. you must be American cowboy, ha ha ha ha."

Here's an interesting piece of history we found at an estate sale. From our research, it appears to be a primitive Chinese or Mongolian saddle stirrup. We are not certain of its age but we have seen similar that date back to at least the 1800's. This particular design was used for many centuries by Mongolian and Chinese horsemen. It is made of cast iron and features engravings of two dragon's heads (on each side) facing each other on the top, surrounding the stirrup strap slot. There are also additional decorative marks at the bottom on each side.

Would make a great gift for the person who has everything!

This item has a nice patina of rust and pitting quite common with these types of antiquities. No cracks or breaks to the iron. If you're a Mongolian horseman, looks like you could still use it.

Please don't hesitate to convo us with any questions you may have.

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Antique - Primitive Chinese or Mongolian Saddle Stirrup - Very Unique