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?
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.
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. Posted via Mobile Device
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.
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?