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post #1 of 8 Old 01-30-2013, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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I just bought this saddle on Ebay and would like some opinions on it. It is unmarked so it's a bit of a risk. I did not really need it but for some reason I saw it and I wanted it. And I'm the one to always caution people against impulse buys! Any idea where it was made? Also it's an older saddle but how old?

Western Saddle Hand Made 15" Seat Wade Tree High Quality and Beautiful | eBay

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post #2 of 8 Old 01-30-2013, 11:41 AM
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Made in the sixties before the big companies started to cheap on the quality. I have an almost identical saddle and they are built tough. Mine is a Simco. If there a flower petal stamp on the horn then your's is also. That was the first design for men with a paunch. These saddles are easier on a horse if calf roping because they reduce the jerk on the horse, better than the newer styles. By jerk, that's not in reference to the rider.
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post #3 of 8 Old 01-30-2013, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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I liked the clean lines of this saddle. I totally agree with with you about the quality of older saddles. I own 2 Bona Allens. One is a 30s or early 40s model and the other 40s or 50s they are unlike anything made today.
I am still trying to pinpoint the exact manufacturing date of these two. I have 4 BA catalogs and none of them show my saddles.
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post #4 of 8 Old 01-30-2013, 01:27 PM
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It looks different than any Wade tree saddle I have seen, but that may be because so many of the wade tree saddels today are not really full wade trees. Anyway, it looks like an awesome saddle. I am envious.
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post #5 of 8 Old 01-30-2013, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Tinyliny. I managed to buy the Classic Equine saddle blanket in the pics as well.
It matches well with the saddle and it is a good blanket.
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post #6 of 8 Old 01-30-2013, 05:44 PM
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I don't know anything about western saddles but that sure looks like a nice one! Leather looks soft and beautiful lol. Gorgeous color :)
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post #7 of 8 Old 01-30-2013, 06:33 PM
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Description says rigging built by Hamley. A few years ago I found a saddle at a local garage sale, stamped Hamley, $400. The quality was obvious just looking at it. I didn't buy it. What a fool! I'll never find another one of that quality at that price ever again. Now I'm kicking myself all over.
Do you have the saddle in your possession yet?

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post #8 of 8 Old 01-30-2013, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
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You missed out on a good saddle Dustbunny. Real Hamley saddles go for a lot of money now.
I don't have the saddle yet. Fedex is delivering it on Friday.
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