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post #1 of 21 Old 10-26-2010, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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Post can someone help me put value on my saddle

I have a lady interested in my saddles that were given to me. She priced them at $65.-$75.00 but I don't want the correct value of my saddles and I am willing to posts pictures of the brands or close ups on certain areas of the saddles. One of the saddles my Aunt bought from a ranch in Alberta.
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post #2 of 21 Old 10-26-2010, 09:44 PM
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I sold a saddle similar to yours this year for $200. Of course, it depends on your area and the demand for western saddles. I'd try to look up your local classifieds and see what other people are asking for theirs.

At any rate, don't let the person who's interested in buying them tell you what they're worth. There's a conflict of interest, and they'll say a low number so they can pay a low figure.
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Well here is the difficulty. To someone who rides daily and needs a saddle...they are, depending on the condition of the leather and structure, worth anywhere from $100-$250. To a collector, they may be worth a lot more. I cannot make out any brands on them and am honestly not that knowledgable on vintage saddles.
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post #4 of 21 Old 10-26-2010, 10:38 PM
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I like the looks of the brown one better. Look around for identifying marks and show us if you find them. Seems under priced to me.
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What are the seat sizes? The brown one looks a little better than the black, but the black one may have a larger seat. I love the looks of this style of saddle, the larger seat sizes seem to sell more readily (ie have more bidders on eBay and go higher). Are the trees, horns, cantles, straight, solid (no movement) and otherwise sound? What about curling in the front, the brown one looks pretty good, but the black one ??? Could you post a pic full view straight on from the front please. I think curling there is caused by being left for some time sitting on their horn.
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post #6 of 21 Old 10-27-2010, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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I have some pictures...

It almost looks like a symbol of a ranch or something I don't know much about saddles being branded. The black saddle is longer but like was mentioned above it was placed in a closet on its horn for quite sometime.
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If you can watch eBay for a while, you can do an advanced search and find out the prices of ones that have already been sold. The brown one is real nice, and the other has a couple of good points - it's black and has a larger seat.

I don't know how the get the curl out or I'd be interested in it myself.

Corinowalk, loved your post about the hot towels (do you wet the towels with hot water?) and replacing lining. Thanks for the tips. Do you know how to get a curl out?

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post #8 of 21 Old 10-27-2010, 02:33 PM
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Those saddles are worth alot more than what you have been told. I really like the first one and would give $200 for it easily. The mark on the skirt is a brand and you could probably track it down by contacting the government office that is in charge of brands in Alberta. The initials near the gullet could be the owner or the makers trademark. The numbers stamped on it certainly are from the maker. The second saddle, while not as interesting, is not in bad shape and could be restored quite easily.

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I spray the towels with a little bit of water and toss them in the microwave for 15 seconds.

Getting the curl out can be difficult. You have to be able to get oil deep down into several layers of leather on the skirting. If it will accept enough oil, we use those squeeze clamps over top of an oil soaked rag. Its quite a process though. Most of the time, oil and riding straightens them out.
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post #10 of 21 Old 10-27-2010, 03:12 PM
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Thanks

OP please measure the seat on the black one for me
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