Crosby Saddle type? hel p please!
I cant seem to figure out how old my saddle is. I bought it used and its old enough not to have knee pads/rolls or any blocks. I dont know if it i a close contact or anything. I know that they still make new versions of the saddle that are REALLY expensive. I also didnt know if it would be worth it to add knee pads/rolls to such a old saddle. Help please!
The old Crosby Prix de Nations were the old style FLAT close contact, no knee roll, no thigh block and what was referred to then as a "pencil roll." Most commonly seen in bridle leather. If this sounds like what you have, check out the prices on eBay and see what they're going for - they've held their value pretty well.
Photos would be a big help, as would a serial number (Crosbys have then stamped into the leather on the underskirt, a description or photo of the saddle plate or the the nail head.
If it's a 17.5" with a wide tree, I might buy it from you. :-)
Im not looking to sell it, I love it sooo much haha. Ill have pictures up in a few minutes because the camera is charging, but the serial number is 5 3 9070. ive tried google searching in general but im not sure how to figure it out. the plate next to the stirrup hooks says"Made In England CROSBY Olympic Works"and the I guess studs? all say Crosby England. I bought it from a consignment place and the brass was extremely oxidized and coated in green and i still cant get a lot off. I cant tell if someone tried to dye it or not. I saw a saddle that looked a lot like this one, but it was an orangy color. Mine is a very dark brown but the underneath is orangy with a lot of strange dark stripes. The orange stripe is still on the top of the saddle so thats why im confused if its been dyed or not.
Is it this type?
it looks really similar, mine is just darker. I will have pictures up as soon as my camera has enough charge
how do i post pictures?
the picture with the plate says made in england its just covered with the, i guess oxidation? covered with the green. also the stirrup hook? has numbers imprinted on it. i dont know if that would matter or not
That's a lovely older saddle. Why would you want to ruin it by adding knee rolls?
That's a bridle leather Prix de Nations, between 20 - 30 years old.
They are wonderful saddles, lots of folks are very fond of them. Check eBay for a value.
And no, it doesn't make any sense to try to add knee rolls to an existing saddle. A saddle with knee rolls has a different size and shape flap than one without.
I would LOVE to find that saddle in a wide tree. Maybe you should sell it and get an something with knee rolls if that's what you really want.
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