I have been gifted with a western saddle. It's been sitting (flat X| ) on an attic floor for nearly 20 years, no idea what care/use it had before that. I don't know what to do with it. I don't know anything about it, if it's got any value, if it's worth repairing (or is even repairable), or if I should just see if anyone needs a prop for their drama class... So, I come to you with pictures. Do you know anything about this saddle and what would you do with it? It's stiff and sorta weird looking because the skirts are all out sideways from the way it was stored. It doesn't seem to flex anywhere it shouldn't, but saddles are not my strong suit. Seems like a wide tree, but not sure it that could just be warp-age or if it's actually wide, or how to tell the difference. Most of the leather seems pretty okay, if in need of a good cleaning and conditioning.
Just wiped the worse of the dust off with a damp cloth 090619_0001.JPG
Some sort of ID stamp? 090619_0002.JPG
You can see the stirrup leathers are thrashed 090619_0004.JPG
Broken stiches and leather around the off side cinch attachment (I'm sure there's a real name for that metal piece) PICT0006_0007.JPG
And similar damage to the near side, but the bolt-y bits are pulled through the leather too. PICT0007_0010.JPG