There are few examples of metal-thread embroidered horse fittings. This model takes inspiration from the more classical steel and tombak examples comprised of three parts. The form, in turn, is relate-able to a late fifteenth, early sixteenth century chamfron published in Missillier and Ricketts 1988, p.25, no.16.
The Flemish diplomat and ambassador to Constantinople eloquently describes the Ottoman predilection for horse accessories: "The Turkish horseman presents a very elegant spectacle, mounted on a horse of Cappadocian or Syrian or some other good breed, with trappings and horse-cloths of silver spangled with gold and precious stones" (Ogier Ghislain de Busbecq, The Turkish letters of Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq, Imperial ambassador at Constantinople 1554-1562, trans. E.S. Forster, Oxford, 1927).