Who Made My Saddle?
That’s probably the most frequent question I receive from readers. It seems that a whole lot of folks are trying to find out more information about the saddles they own or are considering purchasing.
It can be a tough search. There have been thousands of saddlemakers through the years. Tracking down information about a maker, other than the most well known is not an easy task.
The Internet is a good place to start. Even if the maker doesn’t have a website, others might have written about them. If you’re a real student of saddles, you might want to track down a copy of "Old Cowboy Saddles & Spurs" by Dan & Sebie Hutchins. It contains a lengthy listing of makers with a few nuggets (location, years of operation) on each. Don’t expect to find much more detail than that, though. There’s just not a lot known about most makers.
You’ll find a lot more info available about some of the most famous makers of yesteryear – Hamley, Capriola, Porter, Leddy, Ray Holes, Hermann Heiser, Visalia.