1900. Item #15899
No named author. The Harness Maker's Guide: Containing the Lengths for Cutting and Making Harness, Bridle Work, Straps, &c. Shewing the Cost of Manufacture. Walsall, England, 1900. 57p, several line ills. + several pages of ads. Poor paperbound, but the main contents are clean and complete. Lacks front wrapper; back wrapper and last page detached; outer pages torn (with a little loss of content). Ca. 5 x 7 inches. The photo shows the title page and back cover. Scarce in any condition. ** The first (and only?) edition of this guide for sizing leather horse goods. Contains specifications for harness for dozens of vehicles and uses: cart (Scotch, London, etc.), mowing machine, fire engine, gig (pony and cob), pit pony, funeral carriage, American buggy, donkey, bridles, reins, and more, with charts for estimating prices. Also receipes for care of harness: cleaning, polishing, blacking, etc. At the time, Walsall was the saddlery and harness capital of the world, and it still boasts many fine saddle manufacturers and an excellent leather museum. Can be sent outside the U.S. for less than the default shipping rate.