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Dan Patch Early 1900s Forelock Harnesses from the Helms Museum

Dan Patch Early 1900s Forelock Harnesses from the Helms Museum

This only piece we know of in private hands, from the most iconic horse of the turn of the 20th Century. A matching set of sheepskin fleece and leather forelock harnesses from Dan Patch from the early 1900s, when he was the outstanding pacer of his day devastating all world speed records (at least 14 times) and then, finally setting the world's record for the fastest mile by a harness horse, a record that stood for 32 years. Well used, pair of forelock harnesses listed in Helms Hall Museum inventory as "HR.Q0049a/b Pair of Forelock Harnesses made of a collar-like band of hide sewn over a wider band of fleece. These cover the horse's ankle just above hoof. 4 1/2 x 18 inches DAN PATCH." Of magnificent quality, these show excellent usage.


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