Western Saddle Marks
Most manufacturers and saddle makers will place their mark on their saddles. While the mark can be placed anywhere, the most common locations are on the latigo holder, the seat, behind the cantle where the back jockeys meet, and on the fenders.
You can see examples of marks in each of these positions in the photos below.
Some makers will also include their mark on the saddle hardware or on a metal tag or plate attached to the saddle.
Manufacturers and saddle makers will often inlcude a serial number and/or a date of manufacture. The date is often configured in a way that needs a bit of deciphering – for instance, 9804 could represent April of 1998.