Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
From what I can see and based on your description, I would relegate it to "prop" status. The leather looks terribly dry (possibly dry rotted) and the stitching is coming apart from the dryness. I don't believe that the saddle is of any significant historical value by a known maker, but is just an old saddle.
Please don't take offense to my opinion but I don't believe it is a safe saddle to ride in or worth the expense to repair if it is even possible.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
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