What I want to know is what it would have been worth when it was new (In current dollars).
The reason for this is that the sheepskin of this saddle has been through a few wrecks and needs to be replaced, but I know that it would cost more than the saddle is currently worth. So I want to replace it, and I'm looking for an idea of what kind of price I should expect to get something of equal quality workmanship new or lightly used.
- It is handmade, and very well I think. All of the leather is at least 1/4" thick all the way around.
- All of the hardware is anchored to the tree, including the back cinch D-ring and breast collar rings.
- It has two rows of metal rivets on the inside of the pommel and around the base of the horn.
- There is no maker marks on it, but there is a brand (Like a cattle brand) tooled on the left fender, probably from the ranch it was made at.
- It is 14" and weighs about 45 lbs--Not a wimpy saddle!
- I think it has full QH bars, but I may be wrong.
- It has a little bit of tooling, but for the most part it is a very practical saddle.
This saddle has been through 3 instances where it got dragged under a horse (not by me ) and recently, a car accident. Not that you can tell from the leather!
When I took a piece of the fender off to shorten the stirrups, it took 30 minutes to cut through it with an x-acto knife, a box cutter, and leather shears--so the leather quality is very, very good.
And believe it or not, through at least 50 years of ranch work and multiple years of neglect before I got it last year, there is not one hint of cracking deeper than maybe half a millimeter. Saddle 1.jpg