Wonder if there's anywhere I might find the serial number? Being that it's a monoflap I can't exactly check the billet guard... just because if I can find the serial I might be able to find out exactly how old it is. I don't REALLY care, it's purely a matter of curiosty. Far as I'm concerned if the saddle is nice to ride in and safe it doesn't matter what it looks like or how old it is...
...but this one looks to be still in show condition which is AMAZING age considered. Not too many 10+ year old saddles in such awesome shape. I have to wonder how much use it's seen, lady I bought it off commented that it was lovely to ride in and she wouldn't be selling it if it fit her horses [horse it's on in the photo isn't hers]. It's only a 17 inch which makes it a touch on the small side for me. I normally ride in a 17.5. But for the price I just couldn't pass it up.
When do you think something stamped Romanus RC would have been made? Is there a particular decade in which monoflap dressage saddles were popular?
I have a thing for European-made saddles, especially Swiss-made, so if this fits my horse [praying it does, it should... he's not a hard horse to fit, and based on the photos it looks like it will] I will be a very happy person! I don't mind a harder seat, and if my young Thoroughbred bulks out as much as I hope she will, it should fit her too... I may just have a "lifetime" saddle here considering how Stubbens just won't die!