Posted 2 years ago
This is a bit of a mystery item that I purchased from a very old man in the Dominican Republic last year. He runs a small shop where he makes silver and stone jewellery, and also has a few antique items for sale. He told me that he thinks this was a cover to wear on the foot when riding the horse in battle in his broken English. I translate that into a stirrup of some sort. It's completely made of brass, and you can tell it's very very old, although it appears it may have been found in pieces, and has been re-assembled many years ago with some old, and more modern screws/bolts which show on the inside. I don't think it's complete, but it's an interesting piece of history.
Thank you all for your input, and questions! I've added a few more images, and the "item" is about 9" total length and 8" total height. Finally, this item may not actually be a foot stirrup for a horse at all, this was the old man's best guess when I asked him "what's this piece for?" Bear in mind that this was not a tourist shop, in fact in two weeks that I was staying nearby, I never saw another customer.