Hi guys! Well, I took a chance on a saddle today and I really know nothing about it, except that it looks like a quality saddle. Can anyone help me identify it?
The only maker's mark I can find is "HFT" stamped into the latigo keeper. The 17 refers to the seat size.
It looks A LOT like a Reinsman, such as these:
Used Reinsman 16" Trail Saddle | eBay
Reinsman Western Trail Saddle 16 inch Butter Soft Leather Comfy | eBay
Except it is not marked Reinsman. (I used to own a Reinsman though and this saddle is very much the same quality.)
I can't find any other saddles marked "HFT" or anything really, that matches this saddle. The Reinsman is the closest I have come.
Does this possibly look like a custom saddle? The flowers look hand carved, and the stamping is nice and deep. I think it is hand stamped.
The tree is blue fiberglass covered wood. At first I thought it was a flex-tree, but actually it is not. I think Steele might make trees like this?
The leather is nice and thick and supple.....very nice leather quality.
Any help greatly appreciated. I would love a guesstimate of value too.