Beautiful aged patina with age oxidization raised designs of graceful shells, flowers and a beautiful "Fleur-de-Lis" crest on top. The Spanish colonial period was roughly from 1492 (Christopher Columbus)to 1856 depending on which area of the Americas being discussed. This pair of stirrups, I believe, have some S. American influence in the beautiful designs. Many of these stirrups were plain, no embellishment, which could also be a designation of rank. I really couldn't find a lot of information to share with you, so I will tell you what I see good and bad about the stirrups.
Both show honest wear from use, a few scratches and some denting, with a few minor cracks on the bottom. Both have 2 roughly cut triangles on the bottom, I assume so water would drain out. One is either missing a cross brace where a piece of saddle leather would have been used to hang the stirrup, or one has had a field repair when the cross brace wore thru and cracked. The repair is cruder than the original work done on the stirrups, so I am assuming it was a repair. Both cross braces show nice wear from the leathers and the movement of the horse and a human leg.
Interestingly and also worth noting is that one weighs 2lbs. 2oz. and one weighs 2lbs. 4oz. My interest in this fact is to assure you that these are not mass produced, modern reproductions. These were purchased at an estate sale in Kansas City over 10 years ago, we have used them as bookends and just for decoration in our home and office. We have not polished, they have only been lightly dusted, so the patina you see has been there for over 10 years.
I'm sure these meet the qualification for "antique" but I'm not sure where to list them correctly on Ruby Lane.
LENGTH: 9 1/2" WIDTH: 5" BACK WIDTH: 2 1/4"
As always, feel free to email questions and thank you for looking!
Item ID: Brass Spanish Stirrups