he term 'Pattern' refers to a specification
as laid down by the British War Department to govern the manufacture
of equipment for her armed forces. These patterns ensure that
the various companies contracted to manufacture this equipment
supply items of a known and compatible standard.
In 1796 the first 'Universal Pattern' for the manufacture of
Cavalry saddles was issued. The UP saddle was developed at the
height of Cavalry as a mounted force and continued to evolve
until its final days.
last three patterns of the UP saddle, the UP1890,
UP1902 and UP1912 will be the focus - but not the
limit - of this website along with their associated bridles
UP Saddle Research Website would like to extend an invitation
to those wishing to contribute to this project. Specifically:
- British / Commonwealth Cavalry photographs.
or Copies of British / Commonwealth Cavalry manuals.
- Photographs of your collection.
- Details on manufacturers stamps and marking.
- First hand knowledge and experience.
- E-mail the UPSRW