Memories of Argentina, Columbia, Ecuador and Venezuela
~ 1700: The Conquistadores Stirrup
Most of the brass Conquistadores Stirrups sold in eBay probably are simple and cheap imitates, even if they have been created as worn out shoes with lots of repairs. I remember the stirrup shoes my mother acquired around 19! in Caracas, "ene#uela were also worn out and repaired. $hose days imitates probably were seldom for the absence of tourism in this part of the world.%s usual each shoe has two trian&ular holes for the draina&e of the shoe after a ride in the water. $he repairs seem to be improvised, usin& different metals by mi'in& iron, copper and brass for repairs. $he repairs inventively have been done for heavy duty use and not for decorative improvements. $his sufficiently proves their authenticity.
Fig. 1: Repairs on Conquistadores stirrup shoes