Ever Wondered What a Monel Stirrup Is?

Monel stirrups are certainly familiar to anyone who has shopped for saddles. Have you ever wondered what a Monel is all about? Is it a trademark? Is it referring to a certain type, style, or shape of stirrup?

Monel is a brand name for a stainless steel alloy that has been trademarked. INCO, Ltd., a Canadian mining and metals firm, invented the alloy in 1901, which is a combination of nickel, copper, and iron. The metal was named after Ambrose Monel, the company’s president at the time.

Monel can be found in a variety of objects, including kitchen sinks, musical instruments, and, most notably, western stirrups.

Western stirrups, usually made of bent wood and bonded with stainless steel, are known as monel. There are many different varieties of monel stirrups. Oxbow Monels, Visalia Monels, and Bell Bottom Monels are all common.

A lovely specimen of a Visalia Monel stirrup from Big Bend Saddlery. The Western Saddle Guide website has further information on western stirrups.

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