So I was perusing eBay last week, and stumbled upon a 1981 Passier "pancake" saddle. The kind that fits my body perfectly - I love the old pancake saddles. It looked like crap. I couldn't really even see what it was under all the dirt. At $70, I figured even if the tree is broken, I can strip spare part off of it and use for something, since I have an almost identical saddle. If the tree is good, it can be my loaner/working/training/riding in the rain saddle.
It arrived today with a solid, straight tree (thank you for using a mounting block). Billets almost look new. Flocking is pretty firm, but not lumpy or rock-hard - can be used with a good pad until I reflock it. But good lord, the filth! I just spent 3 hours cleaning, detailing, and slathering it with leatherbalm. I even polished the hardware to a shine. Discovered a few scratches and nicks, but nothing that goes through the leather. All tight stitching, no dry-rot.
Will post a picture tomorrow after I buff out the leatherbalm.
I don't know what I'll use it for. I just knew that at that price, if it had a good tree, I cold loan it to friends, keep it for my daughters to grow into, or something creative, but now I'm thinking it's much to fine to use for that!
Lost puppies and underappreciated saddles just seem to follow me home...
Why would anybody sell a perfectly good, if filthy, Passier for $70???? My lucky week. And why would anybody own a Passier that must have cost plenty new, and NEVER clean it?
By the way, Passier Lederbalsam makes your hands REALLY soft - especially after rubbing it around for a really long time.