I recently acquired a heavily tooled black roping saddle. The leather is real, definitely not the cheap stuff or the waterbuffalo that's being passed off as leather. It was all dusty and dirty (it was so dirty that I couldn't tell whether it was actually black or just a deep chestnut)! The leather is really thick and supple. When I got it home and started cleaning and conditioning it, I did actually find a maker's mark on the latigo keeper, but I couldn't identify it on Google anywhere. It's very faint. I had to use a piece of paper and do a rubbing to be able to read what I could.
The entire logo is inside a circle (not an oval). In the center is a longhorn steer head. Underneath, around the bottom arc of the circle I think it says "Laredo Team". There is writing on the upper arc of the circle, but it's too faint to even read with a rubbing. There is a model number stamped underneath the entire logo: "1991"
Does anyone have an idea of who this saddle might be made by? I'm just curious.