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    11-08-2011, 10:28 PM
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So, I was given two saddles and would love to know a bit about them.
The first is a western saddle, brand says Nevada Saddlery. I have never head anything about this brand, but the saddle seems to be in good shape, and well made.

Here is a pic: Western Saddle | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Size 16.

I'm probably going to add some silver plating and keep this one for local low level showing. But can you tell me about it? What is it worth?

The second is a very old english jumping saddle. Full leather, still is great great condition. I still use it for jumping, but it is not suitable for my students to learn on.

Here is a pic: english saddle | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Size 17.5

To me it has forward flaps and resembles old stubbens and crosbys. There is absolutely nothing to hold you in this saddle as there is with todays jumping saddles. (No knee blocks/thigh pads) As someone told me, "This is the stuff people used when we weren't afraid to jump!". The tree/billets/seat is all in great condition, but the flocking is starting to flatten. A forward pad helps a lot, although it could use a reflocking.

I am thinking of selling this saddle. There is no brand on it. What would something like this be valued at?

Any other info anyone has would be greatly appriciated.
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    11-08-2011, 10:40 PM
Anyone? ^.^
    11-08-2011, 10:44 PM
I have also looked around online (ebay and similar sites) to see going rates for comparable saddles (for both saddles) and have come up with some very different numbers.

Anywhere from $300 to $700 for the western, and anywhere from $200 to $900 for the english. This is just too big of a gap for me to price accordingly.

Of course I could sign up for an ebay account and go with the lowest as a starting bid.
    11-09-2011, 12:54 AM
Bumby bumb.

Any info appriciated.
    11-09-2011, 10:28 AM
I'm not recognizing the stitching pattern in the seat. What color is the tree? This is more along the lines of a better economy saddle, dating I'm thinking to the 80's as that's about when we started to see the rawhide/stainless trim. If you do want to add "silver" trim be sure it follows the stitch line exactly on the corner of the skirt,if it doesn't it detracts from the saddle. I couldn't get the pic of the english - flicker had a problem. I have not heard of Nevada but there are saddles that come from the same mfg. That are sold under different names. This is what made me wonder about the stitching pattern that is common to the others.
    11-09-2011, 06:28 PM
As far as the Western saddle is concerned, the tree will tell the quality of the saddle. The tooling looks stamped rather then tooled which places it in the lower range of saddles. Many saddles stamp the name of the ultimate seller but not who actually made it so that a tack shop (as an example) can have saddles made in their name but don't actually make the saddle.

Without any further information on that saddle, then condition is what places the value. I wouldn't pay more then $300 for it - on the high end.

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