I inherited a handcrafted Mexican charro saddle that belonged to my mother. She used it when she rode in parades in San Diego from 1940-46. Some of the saddle’s features are: padded wooden saddle tree with five inch circular pommel and horn, hand-tooled leather skirts with carved floral design, silver conchos, original O-rings, iron (?) stirrups with etched designs on exterior (not sure if these designs are silver or polished metal). The cantle at the rear of the saddle displays the owner’s name as etched by the saddle maker: Fusteria por J. Isabel Espinosa, Colima, Col. The pommel, horn and cantle are decorated with circles of inlaid mother-of-pearl.
As far as I know, all pieces of this saddle are the original equipment; at least nothing has been done to it in the last seventy years. The leather is in excellent shape, not cracked. Also attached to the saddle are an old lariat and two pairs of vintage spurs: one slender pair of a simple shape with a chap guard; the other pair more ornate with etched designs on the heel band and rowels.
I am interested in learning the value of this unique saddle and its significance to a museum or Western memorabilia collector. I can provide detailed email photos of a manageable download size. Thanks to anyone who has information or suggestions. Stephanie