Thanks Freedom, I did get my saddle yesterday, and being vintage, the blevins are like you said, riveted facing the wrong direction to do this. I could rerivet them like you said but I seem to have a bigger problem....a fender that's been riveted 1/2 way down to hold it on because the part at the top has basically turned to dust. If I hadn't be taking it all apart to clean it and noticed it, the first time I put my weight in it, it would have come off, and who knows what would have happened. So now I need to get a blank fender, and tool it to match the other one, and try and match the dyes, which are somewhere between dark oil and a cherry color, or buy two new matching fenders. Which although I've started doing leather work and have the tools as far as I can see from the decorations on it; I don't have the slightest idea where to even start to look for a blank fender unless I just get some vegetable tanned leather and cut it myself. Which of course I can't afford any of the above options right now
I guess the good news is, the stirrups had already started turning on their own from use.