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post #1 of 10 Old 01-24-2013, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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Billy Royal vintage saddle

I have a Billy Royal sterling silver saddle my mother bought from a vet 30 years ago. It has a matching bridal, breastplate and halter. The saddle has a wrapped rawhide horn, which I've been told is a special trademark of the saddle It's in good shape except the seat is slightly worn. I feel the silver alone is worth something. The halter has large silver buckles on it.The saddles been kept inside for something time now and it's time to sell it. It does have a handmade in Texas stamp by the Billy Royal stamp.

Any ideas on what this saddle may be worth is appreciated. I have no idea.

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post #2 of 10 Old 01-25-2013, 07:06 PM
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It's worthless, taking up space, send it to me! Seriously though, that looks like a comfy old beauty, sorry I can not give you a value, but it's not cheap.
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post #3 of 10 Old 01-25-2013, 07:17 PM
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I agree definitley worth NOTHING. ;) It's gorgeous, I'm sorry I can't really give you a figure. I would take it to a local tack shop in your area and have it appraised. They'd be able to tell you the best value vs. the current market. It looks like it's in really good shape though.

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post #4 of 10 Old 01-25-2013, 07:22 PM
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Hm, looks like that thing is taking up a lot of space in your house. I'd be happy to take it off your hands. :P

Gorgeous. Doesn't look 30 years old, that's for sure. I agree that taking it to a local tack shop or tack trader to find out what it would be worth in the current market. I'm not super familiar with the Billy Royal brand, but that one looks to be well-made and in good shape.

Good luck! I doubt you'll have a problem finding a buyer once you find out a fair price.
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post #5 of 10 Old 11-28-2015, 03:00 PM
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Billy Royal western saddle handmade in Texas

I just bought a Billy Royal saddle - looks like an Arabian with the rounded skirt- and I really can't find any info about how old it might be and what the value should be. Looks to be in pretty good shape with a little bending on the silver on the stirrups and horn cap. The serial number stamped on the tag is 3164. Any thoughts? Thanks!
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post #6 of 10 Old 12-03-2015, 05:51 AM
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Post a picture. Generally a 3000 series was Sterling silver and was made starting in the earlier '70s but some models had a good 10 year run.
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If sterling silver, that back of one of the conchos will bear the sterling mark. It appears to be Alpaca silver, an alloy of three metals which will polish up nicely. What's great about Alpaca is it's not a thin electroplating and won't rust. It was the preferred metal to sterling which tarnishes as soon as you turn your back. The pie crust skirt edging is stainless, again, for the same reasons. It doesn't get as high as shine Alpaca can but a close match. The rawhide braiding on the horn denoted a quality saddle. Often the braiding where the skirts meet at the back was more intricate. This saddle may date back to the 70 or a little earlier, going by the horn work and more modest use of silver.
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post #8 of 10 Old 12-03-2015, 11:07 PM
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I love the older vintage saddles, especially the Billy Royals and Circle Y's. They were made so much better then, lovely saddle!!
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post #9 of 10 Old 12-04-2015, 05:57 AM
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Because the majority of cattle wasn't slaughtered until 3 or later, the leathers were thicker, stronger. Not so much now.
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post #10 of 10 Old 12-04-2015, 10:25 AM
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My Billy Royals all had sterling lacing on the rope rolls (cantle, gullet, and skirts.) Even the one silverplated saddle I used to have had sterling lacing, because that saddle was sold in an all-sterling version and also a silver version. Tex Tan, Buford, Circle Y, Silver Royal: Many or all of those has stainless steel lacing, not sterling.
Pics of some of my Billy Royal collection and a Tex Tan and a Broken Horn and a Circle Y are in this Photobucket, but I sold off most of these saddles because they are a lot to store and move and I didn't see myself or my relatives needing more than one or two. Lol
Billy_Royal_cornerplate by A P | Photobucket


Tbird's Arabian saddle is what I said to post a picture of.
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