So, question for you. I recently purchased an older Stubben Parzival VSD saddle, the one that has the softer leather sewn over the flaps and seat. It looked good in the photos, but on personal inspection, it has some serious rough surface cracks on one side. The other side/flap only has minor surface cracks. Is there anything I can do to resurface or refinish the leather that wouldn't ruin it?
The rest of the saddle is in good condition. Someone copletely replaced the flocking and underside of the saddle, including new sweat flaps (nicely done too). The billets could stand to be replaced, but they're safe. The underside of the top flaps and the seat is in good condition (some slight discoloration on the seat, water? But nothing bad); the stirrup leather keepers are even still on good. The padding in the knee flaps is soft (not crunchy). It's just the top of the flaps and the little jockies over the stirrup bars.
So, any hope? Or should I send it to someone and have the top leather re-done?
I'll post some pictures tomorrow. I just cleaned and conditioned it. The cracks softened up nicely, but they're still rough to the touch.