Old Western Saddle - No name brand, Help Please!

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  1. Horse_Girl9804

    Horse_Girl9804 Senior Member

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    I posted this saddle a while back, I want more info on it, or if anyone knows where I might could ask. I'd like to know how much it's worth and maybe who made it.

    It's got a 15" seat, narrow gullet (5.5"?). Slick leather seat (beeswax would fix that). It needs refleeced, the fenders set and some cosmetic stuff done. Weighs #24, has a wooden tree, it's solid and sturdy. Leather is in good condition. It's pretty comfy.

    I need to sell this thing!

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    Obviously it needs a good cleaning/oiling :)
    Any help would be great, thanks!
     






  2. mozart

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    Can't help you with maker, but I'd start the price at about $300. Looks like a nice saddle.
     
  3. manesntails

    manesntails Senior Member+

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    I think it's from at least the 40's Blevin's buckles have been around a long time and your saddle has roller buckles. We had saddles for our school horses, when I was a kid in the 60's, with roller buckles with double prongs like that and those saddles were made in the 40's.

    I think it was a production saddle by a decent company but it was mass-produced at a lower price for a store to sell. If it were made by a custom saddlemaker it would be marked. But those old production saddles were better made than alot of saddles are today. It looks like a good solid saddle.

    You could try listing it on Ebay in Collectibles/ Western Americana/Saddles and see if you get a bite. I think you will be disappointed unless you get it refleeced. If the fleece was good you could probably get 2-300 for it. Since the gullet is so small, it's mainly a collectible and not a using saddle. Unless someone is looking for a small gullet like that, and not many people are; I don't think you will have a ton of interest in the saddle if you listed it in Equestrian/Riding Western/ Saddles.

    Probably starting it at .99 and let them bid would help because sometimes people will start a bidding war over a saddle. They get attached to it and want it and the next thing ya know, they bid it way up. Good luck with it.
     
  4. prairiegirl

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    GORGEOUS! Had one just like it when I was a kid, except mine had a forest green seat! Can't help you with information or pricing though, sorry!
     
  5. Nakoda

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    It is built so much like my Simco. I swear that popped into my head as soon as i saw it. Look just above where someone wrote "Flash" Tell me if there is a super faint mark there. add some moisture there too, it may help. I did not even see the Simco mark on that spot on mine until I oiled it because it was so faint.

    For a no-name saddle in that condition I would not pay more than $75. and maybe shipping. If it has a name on it, I would go a little higher. But with the fleece as it is, and the leather rolling there on the back, IDK if that is from it drying out, or just how it has been stored. Is that a cut across the seat? It doesn't look like it goes all the way through, but it will wear through faster than the rest of the seat.

    Either way, I love the look of that saddle and I do think it is very pretty. The stirrups are not original, but I really like it. If you want to make a quick sale PM me and we can talk.;)
     
  6. Tack Collector

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    I see saddles like that priced at $75 to $125 in my local tack shops. It's '40s to '50s USA-made. The no-name part, I would not be concerned about. Sears and Wards sold saddles like that through their catalogs, as did a number of USA manufacturers. I would check the tree to see what it's covered with. If it's rawhide, then it's a pretty good saddle. But there were some lesser saddles with cloth coverings or something.

    The fleece does not concern me. You won't get any return on investment from refleecing it. All the fleece does is keep the saddle pad from skittering out, so you don't have to have perfect fleece to do that. You could pay to have it redone, but, as someone else stated, the gullet is narrow and that saddle won't fit a lot of modern stock horses.
     
  7. Horse_Girl9804

    Horse_Girl9804 Senior Member

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    Thanks for the replies everybody!

    I really didn't want to have to fork out the money to refleece it, mainly because I'd have to drive for an hour or more to find someone who could...

    I will try oiling the back part and see if there's a mark there - it would cool if there was one there.

    THANKS! :)
     
  8. Tydyecowgrrl

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    Does it fit Sweetheart ok? You might try marketing it as something that would fit a 14hh-ish, TWH/Saddle horse. A lot of them are more narrow backed.. and there's plenty of them around here. 15" is a good average seat size for most adults and older kids.. I dunno, I think if you clean it up a bit and market it to the right group of people you should get $150. I see a lot of people with smaller gaited horses having problems with semi-bar'd saddles being too large so this may fit them.

    I've seen this saddle in person and it's very very well made. Solid, tight and looks like its been well taken care of over the years.

    My first impression was an old floor model Simco or Bona Allen.
     
  9. Horse_Girl9804

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    Jenn - it seemed to fit SH fine with a thick pad... She's your typical built TWH... Not a bad idea :)

    Nakoda - I'll contact you if I can't find someone - I've got more than $75 in the saddle :)
     
  10. Nakoda

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    Ok, thanks:D I hope you find someone. If it wasn't for me having to pay shipping i would offer more:eek: But I am cheap. Either way contact me if you can't find a buyer, we may can come to a compromise:wink:
     






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