Antique Stable Tie Up Bobbins or Mangerballs

Fascinating old stable fittings. These rounded wooden weights are made of a dark very heavy wood (lignum vitae).

They were used when horses were kept in stalls. The halter rope would be passed through the manger or a tying up bar or ring,and then through the bobbin, and knotted.
This gave the horse some freedom of movement without leaving a loose, looping rope, which could cause an accident.

They have a marvellous patina , they do have some of the scars you would expect from use. A chain joins the three together, with a loop for hanging. They could be used today or would look good on display.

Dimensions: the larger two measure 3½" (9cm) x 4" (10cm) x 4" (10cm), the smaller one measures 3¼" (8.5cm) x 3½" (9cm) x 3½" (9cm). They are understandably heavy (2.5kg) and will have to be shipped by courier.

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