Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Beautiful Pacific Northwest
• Horses: 0
That is a beautiful old Crosby. Somebody either loved it and cared for it, or it just hasn't been used at all. Nice find!
Here's what I do with my old saddle "treasures".
If they are filthy, sticky, grimy, or seem to have some unknown film on them, I give a good scrubbing with Murphy's oil soap, diluted according to the label, then rinse well.
If the leather isn't gross, I skip the Murphy's. Yours doesn't seem gross.
On a saddle like yours, I would clean/polish all the hardware first, then do a thorough cleaning with the glycerin saddle-soap, then a good rinse. I towel-dry and go ahead and slather the Passier lederbalsam on there. I usually don't wait for it to dry completely after cleaning it. I don't follow the instructions on the leatherbalm tub though. I use my hands and rub and rub into every nook and cranny. On a new (old) saddle I don't know the history on, I let it sit for overnight or a day before buffing it out, just in case the leather is really dry. It will only absorb what it needs.
I think mid to late 80's, just not used much.