Whippy saddle--Foam or Wool flocking?

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    02-25-2013, 03:31 PM
Whippy saddle--Foam or Wool flocking?

I have an old whippy cc saddle, and am trying to find out if it has foam or wool flocking. I have no idea how to go about doing this, so any suggestions would be awesome! Thank you!
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    02-25-2013, 03:40 PM
Both of my saddles are wool flocked- when I lift the flap all the way up I can see the slits that the saddle fitter would use to pull flocking in/out when adjusting it. I'm not sure if a foam saddle would have the slits at all, but if they do you should be able to poke around in them and see if there's wool or foam in there.
    02-25-2013, 03:53 PM
Okay, it doesn't have the slits, but I can just barely see inside the stitching and it looks like it might be foam. Thank you!
    02-25-2013, 05:22 PM
If it's a genuine Whippy that's not been messed with, it'll be wool. As far as I can remember they stopped making saddles in the 1970s. Shame, because they began in the 18th century :(
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    02-25-2013, 05:30 PM
Okay, thank you. Any idea on what it might be worth? It's in excellent condition.
    02-25-2013, 05:41 PM
Peanuts, I'm afraid, if it's from the seventies.

If it were older with some historical value, that's different - anything military, particularly with regimental markings, would carry a premium. Whippy also made a lot of sidesaddles and in good condition they make serious money.

It might be worth more to Whippy collector if it's an unusual or rare model, but few catalogues survive (I've never seen one and I keep an eye out for that sort of stuff) so it'd be hard to find that out. Otherwise it's just a 40-year-old, used saddle with a famous name.

Sorry I can't be more optimistic :(
    02-25-2013, 06:01 PM
Dang. Alright, well thank you so much for the information!
    02-27-2013, 05:54 PM
It's most likely wool if it's never been reflocked.

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