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    01-18-2013, 09:19 PM
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I have inherited a old Billy Cook Roper saddle from my father. I believe it dates back to the early sixties. We took a vacation sometime aound 1962 - 1964 when I was a pre-teen out West. We went through Oklahoma, Texas and Arizona. We stopped at a tack shop somewhere en route where my Dad was fitted for the saddle. I don't know much about saddles but a close inspection does not yield a serial number. It does say Billy Cook Roper etched in the silver inlaid horn and on the back of the saddle and on the stryup covers. The inscriptions read Billly Cook Maker, Greenville, Texas. Also It has Billy Cook Roper autographed on the back. Is there any way I can identify the age and potential value. THe saddle is in good shape for its age but has been sitting in myhasement for the last 20 years.

Any help would be appreciated
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    01-21-2013, 10:02 AM
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    01-23-2013, 07:29 AM
The age is probably just what you say: early '60s. The buckstitching on that tab thing behind the seat was '60s and into the '70s, before dark oil took over in early '70s.

The conchos and horn cap are probably nickel (German silver).

The saddle is modern-looking enough that it would probably fetch about the same as most modern roper saddles that are mid-oil color like that. The double skirts make it look modern as does the mid-oil color. Fortunately that that little bit of buckstitching is up there where it won't be seen from the ground. A 16" seat would be a good thing, too.

Take a lok at TackTrader,, Horseclicks and see what similar looking saddles sell for. Teskly's used saddles, too, but they are higher than private sale prices would be. I'm thinking maybe $600-$850 but I don't track prices of older western saddles except the show saddles with sterling silver.
    01-25-2013, 09:12 PM
I was recently given an old Billy Cook Roper also. I too was wondering about age and what it might be worth.

    01-25-2013, 09:13 PM
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    01-25-2013, 09:15 PM
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