We are often asked if we can repair
a broken whip, and although we can't work miracles, it is often possible to
refurbish an old whip. Replacement of keepers, falls and missing knots are
fairly common repairs, but occasionally we are asked to do some more intricate
work. As long as the condition and strength of the leather in the whip strands
is good, we are able to repair most damage.
We were approached to restore this military
pack saddle for a museum featuring Light Horse gear. Dated 1915, this pack
was used by a farrier/vet in WW1. The leather was in bad shape and many
pieces of the harness were missing.
After many hours of cleaning,
conditioning, repairing and replacing a number of straps, making new slit
leather girths and britchen; the final result
was amazing. We kept this a sympathetic restoration as we wished to retain
as much of the original as possible.
This leather army cap belonged to the
same soldier as the pack saddle.
The stitching was totally rotten and the leather dry and very
When we had finished re-sewing the seams and
reconditioning the leather, the cap looked fabulous. Not bad for a cap
that's 96 years old!
Although mostly intact, this 1915 Light
Horse saddle badly needed some TLC. We cleaned, reconditioned and re-sewed
many parts of the saddle.
Then we made a new slit leather girth and
surcingle, new straps for the accoutrements, fitted them all and now the
saddle is ready for display.
Recently this old driving whip
came to us for repair like this:
The leather in the thong was
beyond saving, with several breaks in the plaiting, missing loop and goose quill
the only option was to make a completely new thong for the whip. We sent home a
refurbished bow top whip fit for a driving turnout class again.
Our repair work isn't limited to
whips. We also repair a large variety of saddlery, harness, military gear,
handbags and many other items which are a bit the worse for wear.
This draft horse collar
arrived for repairs, the lacing was used to hold the old lining and straw
After new collar check and
a couple of straps it was no longer an ornament in the shed but useful
once more for its original purpose.
This old side saddle arrived in our workshop in this state. The leather
was badly dried out and the panel was totally missing.
After many hours restoring the
leather, replacing the near side safe and making a new panel, the saddle
is ready for a ride. If you have a side saddle in disrepair which you
would like restored or if you have one you'd like to sell please call us.
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[Last Updated: Jan 2020]