Originally Posted by 3neighs
Thank you DGW! I'll have to phone my dad and find out if he knows the material. If the "fuzziness" is just from normal wear do you know what I could put on it? When you say "dampening" it you don't mean water, do you? Maybe a good cleaning will bring out any identifying marks as you mentioned. I never thought to check the trim pieces.
You're right about it being well made. I'm really surprised at how it's held up all these years. Thanks again for the help!
First thing I'd do is stick one of them soft-bristle attachments onto my vacume-cleaner hose and clean it real good. You'll be surprised at how much crud is all over it....most of which will vacume-off as long as the leather is dry. "Dry" meaning, not recently oiledThen you can use a soft tooth brush to clean the smaller, hard to get to, areas.
Just doing the dry-cleaning alone, will allow you to see things in better detail.
And yeah....I DID mean to dampen the areas you are searching-in with water. Don't drench it....just use a rung-out and folded WET rag to dampen it. That will often tend to re-raise the areas which surrounded the origonal stamping-marks.
And don't fret about a little water. Contrary to popular opinion, a bit of water will not harm leather. Can you imagine how many times that old saddle was used during wet weather (and yet remains in good condition) ?
Anyhow..... and this is just my opinion....
Twere that saddle mine, and once I had it as clean as I could get it, I'd simply rub-in a little Neatsfoot oil and then use her. And again, don't drench it, just dampen it. It'll be soaked-in within a couple of hours.
Reason for the Neatsfoot Oil is.....
You can just about bet the bank, that given the age of your saddle, all that was ever used on it was indeed, Neastfoot Oil. That, and common saddle soap, is about all there was up untill the past few years.....And I aint big on mixing different chemicals into my leather.
In other words.....
You gots yourself a realy nice old saddle there. And the methods of care that once worked, will still work.
Hope this helps.