Update: Apparently it's a "Cavalier" and she purchased in in Grande Prairie for over $2000 a couple years ago. It's barely used (which I believe), but I can't find much about cavalier saddles on the internet - except for a kijiji ad out on the east coast where a girl is asking $1600 for hers (has more silver though).
She said she'd go down to $1000 but I think I'll just stick at $600 and let her take it or leave it lol. I don't want junk.... but I do have a friend who repairs saddles and could get him to take a look at it.
I am moving south this spring and can always wait and pick up a secondhand Circle Y or Billy Cook or something good... but we'll see what she says I suppose
Like Southern Trails said, the "silver" was an after thought, most likely the electro-plate silver sets that Montana Silversmiths sell. That wouldn't increase the value much, if at all.(unless it was true sterling) The tooling on the leather looks like it came out of a clicker machine rather than hand tooled. Like you said, I would wait and get something better. Good luck saddle shopping!
Cavalier is a Canadian wholesaler only. They don't make anything. I'm not sure the silver is an add on. When these corner plates were first being added, the factories put them on over top of the tooling and they didn't necessarily follow the contours of the skirts. That changed to meet marketing demands - "new and improved". It looks much like Circle Y's Park and Trail model. It is a low level show saddle with it's dark color and lack of silver on the forks. In Canada top dollar would be $750 if it has a 16" seat.
She swears she paid $2000 for it... but who knows I suppose
The rear silver on the top looks really crappy to me :p doesn't even really fit the contours of the saddle. But ah well.
I offered her $600 and haven't heard back - told her to get back to me if she wanted to sell it. I definitely like the looks of it... I like darker coloured saddles and like I said before, I almost feel like it has too MUCH silver already lol.
PS: Saddlebag, I noticed you said on a different thread that you live/used to live in Lethbridge? I went to school there for 3 years :)