Saturday, January 12, 2013

New Charleston Museum exhibit looks at equestrian culture

Old Habits Die Hard

Posted by Haley Thomas on Sat, Jan 12, 2013 at 4:00 AM

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The Charleston Museum dips into their deep wardrobe once again for the Hunt and Habit exhibit. This original display focuses on men's and women's clothing during the 19th and early 20th centuries, when transportation was dominated by horseback riding.

It includes three full riding habits, several garment pieces, a hunt board, artwork, boots, pottery, and even some firearms from the era. Events Coordinator Rachel Chesser tells us, “This exhibit includes some really interesting pieces, like a men’s riding suit made by Abercrombie & Fitch Co. from the early 20th century.”

Most of the items are original to the Lowcountry, like the hunt board, circa 1800, made of yellow pine in South Carolina. It was used to serve food and drink before and after hunts.

Strangely enough, Chesser says the exhibit has already attracted a fair number of sidesaddle enthusiasts. We didn't realize those even existed.  

The exhibit will be on view Jan. 12-April 21. Museum hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Check out their website for more information.
 

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