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post #1 of 3 Old 09-15-2012, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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N. Porter Saddle

I own a n. Porter western saddle. It is at least 30+ years old, (we've owned it that long) but in great condition. My father purchased it from an auction some years back. I know the history of n. Porter saddlery, however, in all my research have never found this exact saddle. It is black, the only logo is below the horn at the front of the seat. There is no noticeable serial number. What stands out to me is that the stirrups are enclosed, like a parade saddle. But there is no silver or other fancifulness that makes it such. I have seen several n.porter saddles on the web, but never this ones 'twin' I can tell it is older than I suspect, but have no way of detailing it beyond this. The pattern on the saddle is octagons, no swastikas, as I understand that was true at one point. Any direction on knowing more about it's age would be helpful - my father has passed, it is the one thing he left me. Not looking to sell, only looking to insure it at proper value.
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-16-2012, 01:31 AM
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Go the your area tack shop, one that also sells used, and ask who collects in your area. If you don't have that, ask around at pawn shops (you can call) and see if they know any western collectors. Get more than one opinion. If you don't have that call the guys who write articles in the Western Horseman (their shop names are at the bottom in their bios) and see if they will appraise it for you. Expect to pay for appraisal services.
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post #3 of 3 Old 09-16-2012, 11:47 AM
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Google cabincreekcds.com. They have reproduced many of the old catalogs. I just checked and N Porter is at the top of the list. You can open the catalog and maybe find your saddle. It has been a great reference for me.
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