I can't believe you found my post! This is completely amazing! How cool that Horse Forum helped solve a historical mystery!
I ALWAYS just KNEW that saddle was quite special, and I'm so thrilled that I was right all along. (and that I never sold it and I took care of it!) I never have had a speck of information about it, internet searches yield nothing, and I don't know who the original owner was. It's from the old canyon area of Orange County, CA. So could have well been owned by some old-timer. Like I explained, I was given it for a dollar approx 15 or more years ago with the explanation "It's the only saddle that will fit that horse" who was a supposedly unrideable rebel (not true, he was a puppy dog). The saddle was in really good condition, I had new sheepskin put on and a few details by a professional leather guy. That's why it has that leather"tag "thing on it, it bears the leather man's name . I rode in it all the time even though I don't know how to ride Western and was studying dressage at the time. That saddle has a magic feel, puts you in a perfect aligned position, has no unpractical decoration or skirting while still being so beautiful that it just glows. It has no damage today.
WOW I don't know what to ask you first.....!.....
Tell us on the forum something about your dad!
What did his shops sell? Was there many shops in New Mex and Az? I think he was known for making those western pearl button men's shirts?? What time period are we talking about? What was your father like? What might the age of the saddle be if it's numbered 25? Do you have some of his work in your home? Is his regalia really on public display in that museum? Did he make saddles for anyone famous we might know?
Tell us everything!!!! I'm thrilled you took the time to post, it gave me the chills