Riding was a fashionable pastime for the eighteenth-century lady, and Martha Washington regularly enjoyed the outdoor exercise. Like other gentlewomen, she rode side-saddle with the aid of specialized equipment such as this stirrup. Unlike men's stirrups, a woman's side-saddle stirrup featured a metal foot plate in the shape of a shoe sole that created a platform upon which the rider rested her left foot and guided her mount. More





Steel or iron


Overall: 4 1/2 in. x 3 3/4 in. x 7 3/8 in. (11.43 cm x 9.53 cm x 18.75 cm)


Mount Vernon Collection
Conservation courtesy of Dr. Thomas F. Cleary

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