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Saddle Gallery - Antique Saddles

Western saddles have a rich history and tradition and no saddles can tell those stories better than antique saddles. With each of these saddles, you can easily imagine the miles they've gone, the places they've been, the work they've done, and the people they've known.

Enjoy the antique saddles below submitted by our visitors and see if you can't imagine being along for the ride with some of these beauties.

We're always interested in hearing any information any reader has on any of these saddles and makers, so feel free to drop us a line.

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Vintage A. Sternberg Saddle

VINTAGE A. STERNBERG BEARTRAP SADDLE
Lester from Wyoming
This handsome saddle was made by the A. Sternberg Saddlery of Albany, Oregon. Lester has researched the saddle and knows that it was produced between 1925 and 1931. Some restoration has been done, but only a few of the parts are not original. Bear Trap saddles were designed to keep you in and were often used for competitions and rodeo events. They're nickname was the"Widow Maker" for obvious reasons.

Vintage buckstitch Saddle

VINTAGE BUCKSTITCH SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Betsy from Mississippi
Betsey purchased this vintage saddle on Ebay for just $50. It was sold as a parts saddle .... meaning because it was in rough shape, the seller thought it's only use was as a source of parts. Well, Betsey sure proved that seller wrong.  Betsey things it might be of Mexican origin. It is full buck-stitched with a suede seat.

Vintage buckstitch Saddle

VINTAGE BUCKSTITCH SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Betsy from Mississippi
Another wonderful restored saddle from Betsey. It doesn't have a maker's mark but "1926" is stamped on the Latigo Keeper rosette, which is likeyl the year it was made. Betsey feels it has the look of a Bona Allen. All of the leather except for the stirrup leathers is original, but it has been completely restitched, with new fleece and saddle strings added. It's definitely a great representative of it's era.

Vintage Oliverez Saddle

VINTAGE R. OLIVEREZ MEXICAN SADDLE
Mike from Colorado
This is a great example of a real "working saddle" - a stock saddle used to get the job done. Mike bought it in Denver for $150 and believes it's from the 1920's or 30's. It was made in Sonora Mexico and is a solid, heavy, well built "using" saddle. All parts are original except for the saddle strings and sheepskin. It's built for they more narrow backed horse of that era, rather than the broader stiockier horses of today.

Vintage Arabian Saddle

VINTAGE ARABIAN SHOW SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Beth from Washington
The story that Beth heard about this saddle is that it was custom built for one of the top Arabian stallions in the United States in the early 1900's. Whatever its origins, it is a beauty.

Vintage Tooled Saddle

VINTAGE ROPING SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Gregory from Tennessee
The only marking on this saddle is the number 263. There's no mark identifying the maker. The saddle is a dark oil and widely tooled (common for this period), including a horse head on each of the fenders.

Vintage Parade Saddle

VINTAGE PARADE SADDLE
Roger from Nebraska
Roger found this flashy vintage parade saddle in Colorado where it had been in the Buffalo Bill Museum for the past 30 years. Roger tells us that it was custom made for Buffalo Bob of the Black Canyon who did Buffalo Bill reenactments. Interesting saddle with an interesting story.

1827 Gaucho Saddle

VINTAGE REID ERRINGTON SADDLE
Bill from Michigan
Bill aquired this handsome saddle over 40 years ago. It's believed to have been made in 1968. Errington was a saddle maker in Texas and California before and after WW II and died in 1984. Bill attests to the quality, sharing that it is the most comfortable saddle he has ever ridden.

1827 Gaucho Saddle

VINTAGE GAUCHO RANCH SADDLE
Jean-Pierre from the Alabama
This fascinating and unique saddle carries the date of 1827 engraved on it's ornate horn to commemorate the revolution of 1827 in Spanish America (now South America). The unique style and craftsmanship, along with it's wonderful condition for its age, make this saddle a true treasure.

JH Wilson Saddle

JH WILSON RANCH SADDLE
Lance from the Yukon Territory, Canada
This handsome high-back saddle was built by JH Wilson of the Denver Saddlery Co. around the turn of the century. Lance bought it in Colorado and now rides it as a guide/outfitter in Canada and has found it to be the most comfortable saddle he's ever ridden, and he's ridden his share. As Lance puts it: "Built back when a quarter horse actually had withers and not a round barrel!" As you can see from the photo, it also was built back when cowboys were smaller and there was no such thing as a 17" seat!

Unknown Ranch Saddle

SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Kennae from the Kentucky
This saddle was found in an attic of an old house that was being added on to. It has a 12 inch seat, so Kennae thinks it may be a small pony or youth saddle There's no maker or other identifying marks on the saddle.

Unknown Ranch Saddle

RANCH SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Lisa from the United Kingdom
Lisa rescued a shetland pony and this saddle came along with it. There isn't a makers mark or any other identification so, it's a bit of a mystery.

Unknown Ranch Saddle

RANCH SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Carol from Michigan
Carol's husband bought this saddle about 20 years ago in Wisconsin. She has no information about it and the only markings is the number 566. While the maker is unknown, clearly he/she was a skilled craftsman. This is a handsome saddle.

Great Western Saddle

RANCH SADDLE FROM GREAT WESTERN SADDLE COMPANY
Vickie from British Columbia, Canada
This handsome saddle has been in Vickie's family since the mid 1920's. Her Grandpa bought it as a young man and it has been in continual use through to the present day. And, with a quality saddle such as this, it has many miles left in it for new generations.

Parade Pony Saddle

PONY PARADE SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Wendy from Georgia
Wendy purchased this pony parade saddle in 2003 from a consignment store for $180. It's still in very good condition and sits on display in her office. There's no maker's mark on the saddle except for the number 65 stamped behind the cantle. Looks like it was a fancy little ride for some lucky child at some point in its history.

Great Western Saddle

VINTAGE TRAIL SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Vicki from New Zealand
Vicki bought this antique saddle from a site in New zealand for $146 NZ. It has no makers mark. Vicki senses an American origin and that it could be from as early as the 1930's.

George Lawrence Saddle

VINTAGE GEORGE LAWRENCE RANCH SADDLE
Kellie from Oregon
This is a wonderful example of a working saddle (a saddle working cowboys would use) from the northwest in the first half of the 20th century. Kellie tells us that it is a WWII-era ranch saddle with all original parts, including a 13 inch seat. (They're aren't too many chubby working cowboys!) The saddle belonged to Kellie's friend's grandparents who had purchased it from the George Lawrence Co. in Portland, Oregon in the 1940's. It has been wonderfully cared for and is a real gem. Can you tell we love this saddle?

Leo Henesh Saddle

VINTAGE LEO HENESH SADDLE
Mary from ?
This saddle was made by Mary's Grandfather prior to 1927. While it's in rough shape, it's a family treasure. Mary was able to find it for sale on Ebay and picked it up for $108! The maker's mark is still very clear. Leo Henesh worked out of Blackfoot, Idaho and died in 1927.

Antique Show Saddle

VINTAGE SHOW SADDLE
Katherine from Alberta, Canada
Beautifully crafted vintage show saddle that belonged to Katherine's grandfather.

Saddle King of Texas Saddle

SADDLE KING OF TEXAS ROPING SADDLE
Jan from Denmark
Jan bought this saddle used in Denmark for $300 USD. He has put some elbow grease into cleaning the saddle and it's now quite a looker. This is a comfortable, heavy duty, well-built saddle with a rawhide-covered tree. Jan contacted Ozark Leather in Waco, Texas and they estimate the saddle to be from the late 50's to early 60's.

Unknown Vintage Saddle

TRAIL SADDLE SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Michelle from Pennsylvania
Michelle bought this very handsome vintage saddle from someone who brought it to her tack shop to sell. He had picked it up at an auction. Unfortunately there is no maker's mark on the saddle to identify the artisan who created it. Whoever it was was quite an accomplished leather craftsman. The tooling & carving is not only high quality, but the design is also quite original and well executed. It's clear from the age and wear that it has seen a lot of miles, but is no doubtedly still a great ride. Michelle is giving it a good home, on display in her tack shop.

Olsen Noltesaddle

VINTAGE OLSEN-NOTLTE SADDLE
Eleanor from California
This is a Herecules brand saddle made by the Olsen-Nolte company of San Francisco that was founded in 1937. Nolte was the saddlemaker of the company and Olsen ran the business operation. The saddle is in excellent condition and has been well cared for over time.  Eleanor purchased the saddle from a friend of her dad's in 1980.

Ted Flowers Parade saddle

VINTAGE TED FLOWERS PARADE SADDLE
Lisa from Pennsylvania
Lisa bought this wonderful Ted Flowers Parade set from a women in California who shared that the saddle was used in the Rose Bowl Parade for years. Lisa only uses it for parades. The rest of the time it is displayed in her home. I can sure see why. It's a beautiful saddle. Lisa paid $3800 for this saddle and had it restored by Floyd Ringer, who used to work at Smuckers Harness Shop.

Vintage Parade saddle

VINTAGE SENTINEL BUTTE SADDLERY SADDLE
Gillian from the United Kingdom
Gillian bought this great old saddle in Big Timber, Montana about 15 years ago straight off the ranch where she stayed. Sentinel Butte Saddlery was established in 1900 by W.F. Lucas near Sentinel Butte, North Dakoa. Lucas sold the saddlery and new owners expanded with multiple locations in North Dakota and Montan, but ultimately the company closed around 1920.

Vintage Parade saddle

VINTAGE PARADE SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Michelle from Ontario, Canada
This classic 1960's era parade saddle was purchased brand new by Michelle in Lethbridge, Alberta in 1962. Michelle has taken darn good care of it because it still looks brand new. She reports that it is indeed in excellent condition and used now only for special events. Michelle shared that she loves this saddle (who wouldn't?!) and says it's the best looking saddle she has ever seen.

Vintage EF Hutchings saddle

VINTAGE E.F. HUTCHINGS SADDLE
Dennis from Arizona
This saddle is a real dandy. Made around the 1880's by Canadian saddle maker, E.F. Hutchings for the original Mounties. E.F. Hutchings would later merge his business with others to form the the Great West Saddlery Co., which became the largest saddlery firm in the British empire through the first quarter of the 20th century. This saddle is in great shape for it's age and has a deserved place on display in Dennis' home.

Unknown vintage saddle

VINTAGE CAYUSE CHIEFTAIN SADDLE
Megan from Washington
Little is known about this unusual saddle other than a maker's mark of "Cayuse Chieftain Saddle" stamped on it. Megan has had it for a year and bought it from an old cowboy at the Packwood, Washington flea market for $100. Megan has it hanging in her home as decoration. Never leaving the family this one. I think this is one for Western Horseman Magazine's "What is it Worth?" feature.

Unknown pleasure saddle

VINTAGE PLEASURE SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Lydia from British Columbia, Canada
This handsome vintage saddle (thought to be from the 1950's) was purchased and wonderfully restored by Lydia and her husband. Unfortunately, there are no marks to identify the maker. Lydia reports that it's a super comfortable ride. A wonderful representation of pleasure saddles of that era.

Hamley Bronc Saddle

VINTAGE HAMLEY BRONC SADDLE
John from Utah

This was John's grandfather's saddle and was known as a Bronc Style. He ordered it in 1928 for approximately $95, which was significant money back then. John's grandfater made his living  raising horses for the Cavalry and also sold cattle. This was an everyday work saddle for over sixty years and is still in beautiful and usable condition. John shares that he is, understandably, very proud to know own it. A wonderful family heirloom, and very good example of how quality saddles will last forever.

Fred Mueller Saddle

VINTAGE FRED MUELLER RANCH SADDLE
Bill from Kansas

This classic Fred Mueller saddle was found in an old barn in rough condition. Three months of hard refurbishing with small brushes brought it back to all it's glory. (To see the "before" picture, check it out on our Facebook page.) Fred Mueller had a saddlery and full-service shop for the cowboy in Denver, Colorado in the late 1800's/early 1900's. He sold hi shop in 1917 and it continued in operation until 1957. Fred Mueller saddles wer known as sturdy and dependable saddles. This one is a fine representation of those qualities.

Vintage Al Stohlman Saddle

VINTAGE AL STOHLMAN TRAIL SADDLE
Cindy from California

This is a handsome saddle made by Al Stohlman. Stohlman was a talented saddle maker and leather craftsman (1940's-80's), but became even more well known for his books on leathercraft and saddlemaking, most notably, The Stohlman Encyclopedia of Saddle Making (Vols 1-4). Cindy has spotted an illustration of a saddle that looks remarkably similar to this one in one of Stohlman's books.

Vintage Western Saddle

VINTAGE BRONCO TRAIL SADDLE
Will from Idaho

Will picked up this saddle, together with another saddle and some other tack, for $80. Quite the bargain hunter. The man selling it shared that he had bought it used in 1962. Many a mile on this saddle great old. Will is working on restoring it.

Vintage High Back Saddle

VINTAGE HIGHBACK SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Tom from Texas

This is a very handsome antique saddle and a wonderful example of the highback loop seat style. Tom bought this saddle several years ago and had new fleece added and some leather work done.  There's a bit of cracking, but the leather is still supple.  Tom reports that it is a comfortable ride.

Vintage Rhoades Saddle

VINTAGE RHOADES SADDLE
Cindy from California

This is a wonderful vintage saddle by Roy Rhoades of Kansas City, Missouri who worked in the 1920's-30's. In 1931-32, Rhoades worked for the famous spur maker, Oscar Crockett, and made all the saddles in the Crockett catalog. It's unclear whether this saddle was made during that period, but probably isn't as it carries the Rhoades mark and not the Crockett. Either way, it's a beaut. Cindy tells us that the saddle is owned by a gentleman who's mother bought it from the maker himself.

Vintage PorterSaddle

VINTAGE PORTER SADDLE
Andrew from ??

This is a great old Porter saddle. Andrew describes it as single rigged with iron rings, and floral tooling in the skirting.

Vintage Edlebrock Saddle

VINTAGE BEAR TRAP SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Paige from Texas

Paige came across this saddle, priced in the $200 range, in an antique shop. It doesn't carry a maker's mark, so the maker remains unknown. Paige feels it has an RT Frazier look to it. The small seat and bear trap swells indicate that it was probably designed for colt breaking/bronc riding.

Vintage Edlebrock Saddle

VINTAGE EDLEBROCK & SON RANCH SADDLE
John from Texas

John tells us that this great old saddle belonged to his great grandfather, John Bassett, of Dallas County, Texas.  Mr. Bassett was a cattle buyer in North Texas. Joseph Edlebrock started his saddle shop in Fort Worth in 1876 and his son joined him in the 1890's. They sold in the 1940's to Atkins & Boothman and the saddlery changed hands several more times after that.

Possible Stohlman Saddle

POSSIBLE STOHLMAN TRAIL SADDLE
Angela from Indiana

Angela acquired this saddle after a friend, who had it for 30 years, passed away. Angela has been told that it's a Stohlman but there is no makers mark, so the origins are in dispute. Stohlman saddles usually carried a very prominent mark. Either way, it's a very handsome saddle with a fascinating hand-tooled pioneer theme.

Al Stohlman was a leather craftsman and the author of numerous leatherworking books that are still in use today, including his most well known - "Stohlman's Encyclopedia of Saddle Making."

CW Graves Saddle

VINTAGE G.W. GRAVES SADDLE CO. SADDLE
Grant from Tennessee

Grant picked up this very nice old saddle about 10 years ago in a trade for some wood carvings. Nice trade. Little is known about this maker other than it was located in Plainsview, Texas. Square skirts were common on Texas saddles. It looks to have gotten a lot of use and stood up to the task.

Vintage N. Porter Saddle

VINTAGE N. PORTER SADDLE
Nina from Montana

Nina's dad bought this saddle for her mom, early in their marriage. While her mom swears it's the most comfortable saddle in the world, Nina's backside complains after being in it less than 10 minutes. Different strokes for different folks. Newton Porter opened his first saddlery in 1875 in Texas, but later moved to Phoenix and established the famed N. Poter Saddle and Harness Co. in 1895. The company is still family-run and in business today.

Miles City Saddlery Saddle

VINTAGE MILES CITY SADDLERY SADDLE
Nina from Montana

Nina's descripton of this saddle: "The Miles City Saddle, isn't a bad ride, if you're not over 5'7" with shortish legs. It's pretty high and narrow in the tree, so probably wouldn't fit a modern QH, but I'm sure it would fit my arab fairly nicely." Miles City Saddlery was founded in 1901 in Miles City, Montana by buying out the E.E. Coggshall Saddlery and the rights to use the famous Coggshall brand on their saddles. The saddlery part of the operation was sold off in 1962, but revived in 1997.

Great West Saddle Co Trail Saddle

VINTAGE FRED MUELLER BEAR TRAP SADDLE
Nina from Montana

This great old saddle from a storied maker was given to Nina by her uncle. Fred Mueller opened his shop in Denver in 1891 and the shop wasn't closed until 1957. Nina's uncle used to use the saddle for starting and training horses and Nina has carried on that tradition. She says she has yet to find a horse that could separate her rear from this saddle. And Nina reports that it's a comfortable saddle to boot.

Great West Saddle Co Trail Saddle

GREAT WEST SADDLE CO. TRAIL SADDLE
Clayton from Alberta, Canada

Clayton just picked up this handsome, solid saddle and knows it to be at leat 30 years old. Great West is a Canadian saddlery based in Calgary that had it's beginnings in the late 1800's.

Vintage Trail Saddle

VINTAGE TRAIL SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Jim from Texas

Jim has had this saddle for about a year. Prior to that, it had been stored in a barn for 70 years. The tooling on the saddle consists of a design commonly thought of as a swastika. But that design has origns that go back as far as ancient Greece and Rome and was a popular symbol used by indians of the southwest. I'd bet that the saddle comes from these native American roots. Jim believed the saddle is from around 1890 to 1910, and that looks to be a good guess.

John P Chumbley Parade Saddle

JOHN P. CHUMBLEY PARADE SADDLE
Cyndi from Massachusetts

There's little information available about this maker. Cindy has traced him to Colorado. But despite his lack of renown, Cindy shares that this is an extremely well made saddle.

Vintage Packer Saddle from unknown maker

VINTAGE PACKER SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Jim from Texas

Jim bought this saddle off ebay for $300. That's a great bargain. There are no maker's marks on the saddle, only the number "142" and an "X." Jim feels this saddle is likely an early 1900 Packer saddle, but does not carry any military markings. Packer saddles were used in the military by those responsible for taking care of the of the "pack train." and typically combined elements of the McClellan military saddle and a traditional stock saddle.

Vintage AJ Salazar Saddle

VINTAGE AJ SALIZAR SADDLE
Justin from Misourri

Justin recently bought this handsome saddle that carries the maker's mark "lapopular AJ salazar  Hermosillo." Nothing on AJ Salazar can be found, but the saddle is obviously of Mexican origin and hails from the city of Hermosillo located in northwestern Mexico. The saddle is well crafted with attractive tooling and is still in great riding shape.

Vintage KC Saddlery Packer Saddle

VINTAGE KC SADDLERY PACKER SADDLE
Bill from Arizona

Bill bought this handsome saddle in 2011 for $1100 and has ridden it regularly. The saddle carries the date of 1917 and the makers mark of the KC Saddlery Co. of Kansas City, Missouri. Bill tells us that this type of saddle was made for military use, but was used primarily by those soldiers in charge of the remuda or a herd of cattle. That is why they have a horn and the skirting, different from typical military saddles of this period.

Vintage Saddle

VINTAGE SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Nancy from Iowa

Another wonderful vintage saddle of unknown heritage; most probably dating back to pre-1930. Nancy bought it used from a neighbor who had purchased it used 30+ years earlier. She paid $300 for two saddles, and miscellaneous tack and split it with a friend who took the other saddle. I'd say she got a real bargain. Nancy tells us that it is well made and heavy, with supple leather. She finds it to be well balanced and and a great fit for her horse.

Vintage RT Frazier Saddle

VINTAGE RT FRAZIER SADDLE
Donna from Michigan

Donna bought this handsome saddle in 2011 from a man who said it belonged to his Grandmother. It has a 13" seat and a bear trap style pommel and high cantle. It's stamped in several places with the RT Fraizer logo. RT Frazier was a very successfull saddlemaker in Colorado from around 1880 into the 1930's. In 1917 he was the largest producer of stock saddles in the US.

Vintage Trail Saddle

VINTAGE TRAIL SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Amanda from New Hampshire

Amanda just bought this saddle for $100 from someone who wasn't using it. There isn't a makers mark, but it does have some numbers. It's in excellent condition and Amanda says it's a great fit for her and her horse. The style and fancy buck stitching probably places it in the 1960's. I think Amanda got a great deal on a classic saddle.

Vintage A.A. Branded Saddle

VINTAGE TRAIL SADDLE
Susan from New York

This solid trail saddle holds a saddle mark of "AA," but Susan hasn't been able to find any information on a maker with that mark. It has the look of a 1960's-era saddle with fancy buck stitching and full floral tooling. It's a heavy, substantial saddle with a wide tree.

O.N. Romney Saddle

O.N. ROMNEY RANCH SADDLE
Tammy from Washington

Tammy got this saddle from a family member a few years back, but hasn't been able to find out anything about the maker. The saddle has a mark that says Colonia Dublan Mex, which was an old mormon settlement in Mexico. Could it be that the maker might be related to presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney?  Whoever, the maker, it's a well made saddle with a high back, oversize swells, and large rounded fenders.  It has a brass horn and brass hardware. Top Notch.

VINTAGE STOCK SADDLE

VINTAGE STOCK SADDLE
Susan from New York

Susan picked up this handsome vintage stock saddle from a barn sale in upstate New York. She cleaned and oiled it and brought it back to life. Everything is in tack and the leather is quite supple. Pretty amazing for a saddle of this age that was stored in a barn.

VINTAGE MEXICAN RANCH SADDLE

VINTAGE MEXICAN RANCH SADDLE
Marshall from Texas

This is Marshall's personal saddle and has no maker's mark. Marshall explained: "Most all the northern Mexican ranch saddles are made from mesquite trees, the seat is fairly small, leather covered horns, swells and hi-backed cantels. Usually have small saddle bags made into the saddle for worm-medicine bottles, etc."

VINTAGE TEXTAN PACKER SADDLE

VINTAGE TEXTAN PACKER SADDLE
Marshall from Texas

Another one of Marshall's Packer saddles made for the WWI military by several different makers. This saddle was made by the famous TexTan Saddlery of Yoakum, Texas.

VINTAGE MEXICAN CHARRO SADDLE

VINTAGE MEXICAN CHARRO SADDLE
Marshall from Texas

Marshall bought this saddle from a dealer some years back and estimates it dates from the 1940's. It has seen many miles but is still in solid shape. The large Mexican-style horn is wrapped with black rubber for dallying.

VINTAGE MEXICAN RANCH SADDLE

VINTAGE MEXICAN RANCH SADDLE
Marshall from Texas


Another great example of a Mexican Ranch saddle from around the 1940's. These were true "working" saddles.

VINTAGE MILITARY PACKER SADDLE

VINTAGE MILIARY PACKER SADDLE
Marshall from Texas

Marshall tells us that this interesting vintage saddle is a U.S. Military Packer saddle from around 1917. The These saddles are relatively rare and Marshall has managed to aquire six of them. They are handsome saddles.

VINTAGE WESTERN CHARRO SADDLE

VINTAGE MEXICAN CHARRO SADDLE
Marshall from Texas

This interesting saddle is a Mexican-style western saddle commonly known as a Charoro saddle, and was designed for a female. Marshall believes it dates from the 1930's and wasfound in the tack room of a Mexican ranch that his father bought in 1956. The horn has inlaid tiny pieces of wood, probably mesquite.

VINTAGE MILITARY PACKER SADDLE

VINTAGE MILIARY PACKER SADDLE
Marshall from Texas

Marshall tells us that this interesting vintage saddle is a U.S. Military Packer saddle from around 1917.

VINTAGE WESTERN CHARRO SADDLE

VINTAGE MEXICAN CHARRO SADDLE
Marshall from Texas

This interesting saddle is a Mexican-style western saddle commonly known as a Charoro saddle, and was designed for a female. Marshall tells us that it is from the 1950's and was used on his family's ranch in Mexico.

VINTAGE BRONCO BRAND SADDLE

VINTAGE BRONCO TRAIL SADDLE
Connie from Minnesota

Connie bought this saddle 18 years ago at a tack shop in North Dakota. The only marking she can find on it is "Bronco" and a number. We haven't heard of Bronco before. It could possibly be a Canadian brand. The saddle looks similar in style to the 1960's/1970's Simco trail saddles.

VINTAGE FRAZIER PUEBLO SADDLE

VINTAGE FRAZIER PUEBLO SADDLE
Lauren from Idaho

Lauren's dad has had this saddle for as long as she can remember.  It's a beauty. Frazier's (originally (S.C. Gallup & Frazier Saddlery) was formed in the 1880's in Pueblo, Colorado. Their trademark was a steer, which appears on this saddle and their tagline was "Builder of the Famous Pueblo Saddle." Frazier was a savvy marketer who made the brand famous. In 1917 Frazier Saddlery was the largest producer of stock saddles in the US. The Saddlery closed in 1958.

VINTAGE VISALIA SADDLE

VINTAGE VISALIA RANCH SADDLE
Steve from California

A gorgeous photo of a gorgeous classic saddle. This is Steve's Grandfather's Visalia Stock Saddle No. 158 with the famous 3B fork made around 1920.  Steve's grandfather was a rancher in the Arroyo Seco area of the Salinas Valley and this saddle was recently restored for display in our home

HAMLEY PARADE SADDLE

VINTAGE HAMLEY PARADE SADDLE
Belynda from Georgia

Belinda belives that this fancy Hamley saddle is a parade saddle (has attached saddle bags and lots of bling) and from what Hamley says it is one of the first 100 saddle they ever made but due to a fire the exact number cannot be determined.  It was made for a man named Orville Adams and purchased from a farm in Iowa. It certainly is an unusual Hamley saddle, that's for sure.

VINTAGE SADDLE

TRAIL/PLEASURE SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Rachel from Wisconsin

Rachel bought this saddle in an auction about 15 years ago for $200. She hasn't been able to find a maker's mark or brand on it. The saddle, unfortunately, ended up being too big for her..

Custom Bob Mars Saddle

VINTAGE BOB MARS SADDLE
Kristina from ?

Custom working saddle made by the Bob Mars Stockman Saddle Shop in Amarillo, Texas in 1954 for a Texas ranch manager. The current owner of this saddle has a copy of the actual bill of sale and a description by the saddlemaker.

Buckstitch Red Ranger Saddle

VINTAGE RED RANGER TRAIL SADDLE
Jenna from Pennsylvania

Jenna picked this nice trail saddle up on the Internet five years ago. Red Ranger was a production saddle company operating in Tennesse in the 1950's and 1960's. Jenna likes the comfortable 17" seat and matching breastcollar and backstrap. And, as Jenna mentioned, the nostalgic look of buckstitich is popular with lovers of mid-century style.

Vintage Western Saddle

VINTAGE SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Diane from California

Diane's husband bought this trail saddle for her 25 years ago. Diane hasn't been able to find a maker name or mark on the saddle, but it has some fancy tooling and pockets for carrying tools. It looks similar to some of the vintage Simco trail/pleasure saddles. I doubt this was ever a real working saddle.

JG Read Broether Saddle

JG READ & BROTHERS RANCH SADDLE
Diane from California

Diane just bought this very handsome working saddle made by the JG Read & Brothers Co. of Ogdon, Utah. JG Read made saddles from the 1870's well into the 1900's. This saddle is in wonderful shape and an excellent example fo a real working saddle.

Vintage Bluemell Saddle

VINTAGE CHARLES BLUEMEL SADDLE
Amy from Texas

Of all the saddles Amy owns (and she owns a few!), this is by far her favorite. Bluemel Saddlery operated in El Paso, Texas from the 1920's-1950s. Amy believes that Charles Bluemel most likely made this saddle in the late 1920's. It is still in full using condition and she rides it regularly. The tooling is superb in an elegant simplistic style. It is a very handsome saddle.

Vintage Trail Saddle

VINTAGE RANCH SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Penelle from California

This tough old ranch saddle has defintely been put to work. Penelle has found a serial number on it but no makers mark. She's working on cleaning it up and getting it restored. It has some nice tooling that adds some "show" to this working saddle. I think there's some miles still left in it.

Vintage Parade Saddle

PARADE SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Amy from Texas

Amy is a collector of western saddles and when she found this unusual saddle with matching breast collar and headstall at a small dealer in Texas, she just had to have it. The dealer didn't know it's history but Lisa's been told that there are over 2000 metal "dots" on all of the pieces.

Vintage Tex Tan Saddle

VINTAGE TEX TAN TRAIL SADDLE
Lisa from Ontario,Canada

Lisa bought this nice Tex Tan from a lady who had stored it for over 25 years. It had been her Father's saddle and, as an english rider, she didn't have much use for it. Lisa bought the saddle from her for $50! After cleaning and conditiond, Lisa has a very handsome saddle and a terrific bargain.

Vintage Big Horn Saddle

VINTAGE BIG HORN TRAIL SADDLE
Alexey from Russia

Alexey recently purchased this vintage Big Horn saddle in Germany, with the help of his trainer. This is a classic old Big Horn from around the 1970's. Big Horn made a solid saddle in those days and this one still has lots of life left in it. It must have some stories to tell about its journey from Tennessee (Big Horn's original home) to Germany to Russia.

FO Baird Saddle

VINTAGE F.O. BAIRD TRAIL SADDLE
William from Texas

William purchased this handsome saddle at auction in 1970 for his sons' 4H activities. When he bought the saddle it had been stained black, but when cleaned up he discovered markings indicating it was an FO Baird Saddle from Long Beach California Saddery. F.O. Baird worked from the 1920's to 1960's for a variety of saddle shops and published several leather carving manuals.

Vintage Arizona Parade Saddle

VINTAGE ARIZONA PARADE SADDLE
Amy from Texas

Amy bought this unusual parade saddle for $1200 on Ebay from a dealer who didn't know anything about it other than it's previous owner lived in Arizona. The saguaro cactus engraved on the silver shows its desert roots. The saddle is covered with silver and has a matching breast collar and bridle equally embellished. It certainly is a one-of-a-kind saddle.

Vintage Undercut Swell Saddle

VINATAGE UNDERCUT SWELL SADDLE
Stephanie from Arizona

This interesting saddle is from an unknown maker with no marks of any kind. Stephanie purchased it for only $200 from someone cleaning out their tack room. It looks to have relatively little wear, but it's styling - the large swells and heavy weight (40lbs) - is from a bygone era. I suspect that it is likely of Mexican orign.

George Lawrence Roping Saddle

GEORGE LAWRENCE ROPING SADDLE
Anita from Washington

This is a nice vintage saddle (Anita thinks around 1940) from the George C. Lawrence shop of Portland Oregon. It has a 14.5 inch seat and 7/8 rigging. The saddle has been re-furbished with new wool, skirts, fenders, and stirrups. Anita says that although the saddle has seen many hard miles, it has never made a horse or rider sore.

Custom Ron Ross Saddle

VINTAGE RICHARDS & SCHOEN SADDLE
Helene from Sweden

This saddle is a real gem. With a makers mark from the Hawaiian Islands and a date of 1883, it's an unusual saddle. While it's obviously had quite a bit of wear, Helene says it's still a comfortable ride for both horse and rider. She's curious as to how this saddle made it to Sweden by 1940, and so are we. Helene might want to have this saddle appraised by a western collectibles appraiser to determine its value.

Vintage Hamley Saddle

VINTAGE HAMLEY SADDLE
Ted from Georgia

This saddle is a wonderful representation of the high end of the Hamley brand from about 50 years ago. Ted has the original bill of sale and shares that it was made by Duff Severe when he was still with Hamley, who is the only saddle maker to have his work recognized by the Smithsonian Institute. The saddle is in excellent condition and riding shape.

Unknown Vintage Saddle

VINTAGE VANCO RANCH SADDLE
Stan from California

This wonderful high-back saddle was owned by Stan's great uncle; a real family heirloom. The saddle was made by A.A. Van Voorhees Voorhies & Co (their brand was Vanco) in the early 1900's. The saddlery was founded in the 1850's and changed it's name to the Van Voorhees Voorhies-Phinney Co. in the 1920's when they took on a partner. (They had a real flair for company names.) They operated until the 1940's. Stan is conditioning the saddle in preparation for packing for the US Forest Service. It should be a great ride.

Al Stohlman Saddle

VINTAGE STOHLMAN PLEASURE SADDLE
Cindy from California

This interesting saddle was made by prominent leather crafters, Al and Ann Stolhman.  Their saddles are rare as they were more known for their tooling work and craft patterns sold by Tandy Leather. Both have now passed on, so this saddle is a piece of history.

Unknown Vintage Saddle

VINTAGE FURSTNOW SADDLERY CO. SADDLE
Roger from Somewhere in the US

Roger says: "This is a Furstnow, model 06 in their #36 catalog that I think came out in 1930 or so.  It's called the Sid Special in the catalog.  According to the information I was given by it's previous owner [I bought it at a local auction], it was originally owned by a cowboy in the Ekalaka country of Montana.  New at that time it cost $85.00 and I bought it for $75.00 and then had my son, who makes and repairs saddles, replace the woolskin and the strings."

Unknown Vintage Saddle

VINTAGE SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Shondra from Ohio

This lovely old saddle was given to Shondra by a dear friend who was getting out of horses and into minnies. Someone has told her that they thought the saddle was from around the early 1900's, but nothing is really known about it. Shondra still rides this obviously well built saddle.

Unknown Vintage Saddle

VINTAGE SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
David from Belgium

David bought this handsome and interesting vintage saddle from an unknown maker off of ebay.

Vintage Porter Saddle

VINTAGE PORTER SADDLE
Jeff from California

This great little saddle was in a package deal with another vintage saddle and miscellaneous tack. Jeff bought the package for $150 as a gift to his wife, not knowing what a find he had. Jeff says it's a comfortable ride but is too small for her so he'll be selling it.

Vintage Don Bentley Saddle

VINTAGE DON BENTLEY SADDLE
Gail from North Carolina

This handsome saddle was made by Oakland, California saddle maker, Don Bently in the 1950's. Gail's understanding is that is was made for Julie Nichols, who road it in parades including the Rose Bowl.

Hand Made Saddle

VINTAGE ALL AROUND SADDLE FROM MARSHALL FIELDING & CO.
Monica from Florida

Monica was given this vintage saddle from a friend who's father had it since the 196o's. It appears to be a saddle from that era. It's a handsome saddle, but unfortunately the leather is in pretty rough shape. Some serious cleaning and conditioning could restore it somewhat, but it will be hard to overcome the years of neglect.

Vintage High Back Saddle

VINTAGE HIGH BACK SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Rick from Texas

A friend picked up this saddle for Rick at an estate sale in Colorado. It has some information on the latigo keeper but no maker. I suspect a plate with a makers mark came off at some point. Rick has done a lot of work to get it looking this handsome and now keeps it as a display piece.

Vintage Western Saddle

VINTAGE SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Ron from Iowa

Ron picked up this vintage beauty at a horse sale in Iowa from an Amish man who sold it right off the horse he was riding. It has a mark of a circle around either 2 W's (one reversed) or an M and a W. The saddle is a well crafted and in great shape. The fancy teardrop stirrups add some pizazz but are probably not original to the saddle.

Vintage Texas Tanning Saddle

REBUILT VINTAGE BEAR TRAP TEXAS TANNING SADDLE
Amanda from Oregon

Amanda picked up this saddle along with another old saddle for $50, a real steal. She then proceeded to have this saddle completely rebuilt by Doug Davis of Gervas, Oregon. Doug believes the saddle dates to before the depression. Western Hide & Company began business in Yoakum, TX in 1919, changed it's name to Texas Tanning in the 1920s, and to Tex Tan in the 1940s, which is what it is known as today.

Western Saddle From India

VINTAGE SCHOELLKOPF JUMBO SADDLE
Jake from Texas

Jake just recently bought this handsome saddle to replace a smilar one he had back in the 70's. Schoellkpf built saddles in Dallas, Texas from 1869 until the 1970's; most notably, under the "Famous Jumbo Brand" mark. Jake thinks this saddle dates from the 1940's or 50's.

Vintage Buck Steiner Saddle

VINTAGE BUCK STEINER SADDLE
Anna from Texas
Anna doesn't know much about this interesting little saddle other than it holds the Buck Steiner mark. She's given it a deep cleaning to bring out its beauty. It obviously has seen many miles and probably has some great stories to tell.

Buck Steiner Saddle

ANTIQUE PONY SADDLE
Sharon from Florida
Sharon has had this interesting little saddle for about ten years and can't remember how she came across it. She used it for pony rides for kids for awhile but it's just been gathering dust of late. So, Sharon dug it out and gave it a spiffing up. It's obviously a vintage saddle and quite the little gem.

Buck Steiner Saddle

VINTAGE HAMLEY RANCH SADDLE
Chuck from North Carolina
This is a handsome short-cantle style Hamley saddle, probably from the first half of the 1900's. Chuck is wondering on a value and we can only recommend talking to a western collectibles appraiser. While Hamley is a storied old brand, there are quite a few of their saddles around. One thing you don't want to do is any repairs, such as fixing the torn leather horn cap. Repairs instantly decrease the collectible value.

Buck Steiner Saddle

VINTAGE BUCK STEINER SADDLE
Wilma from Missouri
Wilma was given this saddle by a friend as a thank you for a favor. I'd say that was a very nice thank you. This is one of those good, solid using saddles that Steiner was known for. Buck Steiner died in 2001 but his family still runs the shop Buck opened in 1930, Capitol Saddlery in Austin, Texas.

1944 N.Porter Saddle

VINTAGE 1944 N. PORTER SADDLE
Lisa from Oregon
Lisa bought this classic vintage Porter saddle in 1986 for $750. She has the original bill of sale dated August 23rd, 1944. The buyer was a woman from Medford, Oregon who had the saddle custom made for her.

J.G. Lictenberger Ferguson Saddle

VINTAGE LICHTENBERGER-FERGUSON RANCH SADDLE
Noel from Florida
Noel picked up this saddle used as an 18 year old and, 22 years later, it's still his favorite saddle. It's a real using saddle and Noel has used it to break horses and work cows over the years. Lichtenberger and Ferguson were saddlemaking partners in Los Angeles from around 1900 to 1939. This is a handsome saddle, from the early 1900's, with tales to tell.

J.G. Dyer Parade Saddle

J.G. DYER PARADE SADDLE
Susan from Georgia
Susan bought this beautiful and rare 1960's parade saddle off of ebay about five years ago, along with matching bridle and breast collar. It's brown color (most parade saddles were black) and famous maker make it a real collectible. It is currently used for display only, which is a bit sad. This set belongs on a horse. The saddle weighs 70 pounds, including the tapadaros.

Antique Western Saddle

KING BIG HORN SHOW SADDLE
Grace from Virgina
Grace's grandfather picked up this saddle at a yard sale for only $25! With some elbow grease on Grace's part, cleaning and oiling, it's now a handsome saddle. Grace thinks it's about 30 years old. While it has a serial number (3140), it doesn't appear to have a saddle mark. Grace thought it might be a Simco, but we doubt it as Simco clearly brands their saddles.

Custom Western Saddle

KING BIG HORN SHOW SADDLE
Terri from Texas
Terri bought this good looking saddle from a tack shop in Weatherford, Texas. The seller had two of these saddles for sale that he had bought from an elderly gentleman. The saddles were in almost new condition but are thought to be from the fifties or sixites. Whatever its origins, Terri testifies that this saddle is a very comfortable ride.

Vintage Western Champion Saddle

VINTAGE RANCH SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Dave from Colorado
Dave picked up this handsome high back, loop seat saddle from a consignment shop. He was told by the seller that it was made in Texas and was used in a movie. That's all he knows about it. Whatever it's history, it's a grand old saddle.

Vintage Western Champion Saddle


VINTAGE WESTERN CHAMPION RANCH SADDLE
Sheila from ?
Sheila picked up this beautiful saddle off of ebay, but it didn't look this good when she bought it. While the foundations were solid, it took lots of elbow grease - detailed cleaning and conditioning - to bring out it's true beauty. Sheila believes the saddle is from the early 1950's.
Vintage R.T. Frazier Saddle

VINTAGE R.T. FRAZIER SADDLE
Michelle from Missouri
This is a wonderful high-back, square skirt saddle by Frazier Saddlery. It was custom made for an individual and carries the letters H.L H. on the back of the cantle and has custom carving on the fender of a lady in an old time baseball outfit. R.T. Frazier was an accomplished businessman and ran a saddle operation in Colorado from the 1880's til his death in 1931. His widow ran the saddlery until it closed in 1958. In 1917 Frazier was the largest producer of stock saddles in the U.S.

Vintage Vanco Wade Buckaroo Saddle

VINTAGE VANCO HIGH BACK SADDLE
Debbie from Oregon
This is a gorgeous vintage 1920's highback, buckaroo-style saddle in wonderful condition. Vanco was a brand of the Sacramento, California-based maker, A.A. Van Voorhees & Co. (later renamed the Van Voorhees-Phinney Co). They were founded in 1850 and operated until the 1940's. Debbie bought this saddle at an auction fifteen years ago.

Vintage Big Horn Saddle

VINTAGE BIG HORN RANCH SADDLE
Kim from Georgia
This is an older model Big Horn all around saddle, probably from thirty to fory years ago. Kim doesn't know any more about the saddle other than it has the Big Horn brand with the model number 570.

Vintage Harpham Saddle

POSSIBLE VINTAGE HARPHAM BROTHERS RANCH SADDLE
Emily from Nebraska
This is a wonderful vintage highback, A-Fork saddle that Emily picked up from an old cowboy. Emily believes this beauty may be an early Harpham saddle. The Harpham Brothers began operation in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1884. The only maker's mark is "Guaranteed California Stock" with a number 40 above it. Emily believes that Harpham used this stamp prior to 1927.

Vintage Saddle

VINTAGE SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Aeron from Virginia
Aeron unfortunately doesn't know any background on the this saddle and there are no maker's marks. It is obviously quite an old saddle that probably has a real story to tell. It has repairs, but they even appear to be quite old. Quite a treasure.

Vintage Saddle

VINTAGE TRAIL SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Cheryll from Ohio
Cheryll was given this saddle along with a horse she bought. There are no maker's marks on the saddle and Cheryl knows nothing about the saddle.

 Saddle

VINTAGE GREAT WESTERN SADDLE COMPANY SADDLE
Bunny from Manitoba, Canada
Bunny Eastveld is a master restorer or antique saddles and has done a wonderful job with this beauty.  Bunny dates the saddle around 1850-1890. It has a wooden horn, Mother Hubbard Skirts, and a really high (6") cantle, and over-leathers on the fenders.  It's what the old timers call a "beartrap" saddle. Bunny has this saddle in shape for riding.

 Saddle

VINTAGE PARADE SADDLE
Rhoda from ?
This flashy saddle from an unknown saddle maker was given to Rhoda years ago. Her grandson used it for a while for 4H.

 Saddle

VINTAGE SHOELKOPF SADDLE
Bernardo from California
Bernardo bought this handsome high-back saddle from an antique dealer years ago and knows little about it unfortunately.

Hope Texas Style Saddle

HOPE TEXAS STYLE SADDLE
Betty from Georgia
This is a wonderful Hope Texas style saddle which which originated in Texas and was popular around the 1850's in the west. This saddle is on display now as it's a bit fragile, but I'm sure it has traveled many miles and would have great stories to tell.

Vintage Spanish Saddle

VINTAGE SPANISH SADDLE
Nick from New York
This saddle was purchased in Spain and is thought to be around 60 or 70 years old. It's a hand-crafted saddle with beautiful stitching and still very soft and supple leather. The small size indicates that it was designed for a relatively small breed of horse.

Vintage Visalia Stock Saddle Company Saddle

VINTAGE D.E. WALKER SADDLE
Melissa from Connecticut
Melissa bought this wonderful D.E. Walker saddle at the famous Farmington, Connecticut outdoor antique show a few years ago. D.E. Walker was one of the original founders of the Visalia Stock Saddle Company in the 1870's. Melissa has a real piece of history here.

Vintage western saddle

VINTAGE 1940's KIRWIN-NEILSON SADDLE
Dannie from Wyoming/Louisiana
Dannie bought this vintage beauty from a friend in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Now that Dannie's hung up her spurs, the saddle is is just for display. That's a little sad as this saddle obvioulsy has many more miles left on it.

Vintage western saddle

VINTAGE SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Amanda from Oregon
Amanda bought this interesting old saddle together with a vintage Tex Tan for $50. She doesn't know a thing about this saddle, but it's obviously had a long working life with a lot of miles. It doesn't show up in this photo, but the saddle came with a burlap cinch. Ouch.

Great West vintage saddle

VINTAGE SADDLE FROM GREAT WEST SADDLERY Co.
John from Ontario, Canada
This beauty is from Great West Saddlery Co., a saddlery based in Calgary, Canada that had it's beginnings in the late 1800's and ceased operations in 1931. Shows you what quality means to the life of a saddle. This saddle looks like it's still a great ride today. (I'd replace those obviously non-original saddle strings with strings that more closely match the saddle.)

miles city saddle

VINTAGE SADDLE FROM MILES CITY SADDLERY
Dave from North Dakota
This vintage working saddle is a real beauty. Dave has retired it to a place of honor on a custom-made cedar log stand in his living room, but it looks to me like it has many more miles left in it. Miles City (Montana) Saddlery began operation in 1909 and is still in operation today.

big horn saddle

VINTAGE TED FLOWERS PARADE SADDLE
Gerry from Ireland
Ted Flowers saddles are always special, but this one is extra special. What a beauty. And doesn't that horse seem to know he's wearing something special? Gerry tells us that the saddle arrived in Ireland 12 years ago and is now on display at Five Oaks Ranch in Ballyshannon.

big horn saddle

1957 TEX TAN HEREFORD RANCH SADDLE
Harry from Florida
Herefords seem to last forever ... and just get better with age. Harry nabbed this gem off of ebay for $350 and put another $125 in materials into it. But lets be clear about the quality here - this saddle cost almost $1000 new in 1957. Keep that in mind when you're shopping for saddles today. You have to pay to get quality.

big horn saddle

VINTAGE BIG HORN YOUTH SADDLE
Aine from Ireland
Aine picked this little beauty up at a flea market in Illinois for a song and brought it home to Ireland. It's definitely been around the block a bit, but it's a nice example of of a vintage youth saddle.

vintage saddle

VINTAGE SADDLE OF FRENCH ARTIST
Michael from France
This beauty is an early 1900 saddle owned by french artist, actor, and director, Joe Hamman. Joe was a friend of William "Bill" Cody and took part in his famous Wild West Shows.

Nolte Olson saddle

VINTAGE NOLTE OLSON SADDLE
Shawna from California
Shawna found this antique saddle gem at a recent flea market. It's from Nolte-Olson, which was a popular saddle brand in the the mid 1900's.

ted flowers saddle
ted flowers saddle

TED FLOWERS PARADE SADDLES
Saddlemaker Dusty Johnson from Colorado
Ted Flowers created gorgeous parade saddles in his SPOT SHOP located in Alexandria, Indiana. All production ceased in the mid-70's with his death. These saddles are all currently deteriorating due to age. Dusty has fully restored 103 saddles (so far!). These rigs are a true American icon of the golden age of Hollywood.  See more at: www.pvsaddleshop.com Dusty is the author of some of the best books on western saddles Saddle Savvy: A Guide to the Western Saddle and Saddlemaking: Construction and Repair Techniques.

hornlss saddle

VINTAGE MEXICAN SADDLE
Jasmine from the United Kingdom

Jasmine acquired this saddle in the UK from a friend and, unfortunately, doesn't know much about it. The only clue is the following maker's mark: Juan Galindo Jr.
Fabricante de toda clase de fustes
Los Reyes , Dto. de Texcoco Edo. de Mex.
Jasmine says the saddle is very narrow and she has yet to find a horse in the UK that it will fit.

hornlss saddle

VINTAGE PARADE STYLE SADDLE
Jasmine from the United Kingdom

Jasmine acquired this saddle from the same friend as the Mexican saddle above. Not much known about this saddle either. No maker's mark, but it's obviously an antique. Jasmine's husband reports that it has very early machine-made nuts and bolts on the stirrups.

old saddle

RANCH/ALL AROUND SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Melissa from Arkansas

This saddle is thought to be around 60 years old and is a great example of a real "using" saddle. This saddle had a job to do, and from the looks of it, did that job well. I bet it's as great a ride today as it was on its first ride.

hornlss saddle

RANCH/ALL AROUND SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Craig from Australia

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old saddle

RANCH/ALL AROUND SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Melissa from Arkansas

This saddle is thought to be around 60 years old and is a great example of a real "using" saddle. This saddle had a job to do, and from the looks of it, did that job well. I bet it's as great a ride today as it was on its first ride.

mochilla saddle

REPRODUCTION OF A 1700s SPANISH COLONIAL SADDLE
C.L. "Lee" Anderson from Arizona

Lee built this beauty to the exact, historically documented specs for this period saddle. It's a wonderful example of a mochilla-style saddle. You can learn more about Lee and the programs he offers at historicaloldwest.org.

vintage saddle

VINTAGE LOOP SEAT, HIGH BACK SADDLE
C.L. "Lee" Anderson from Arizona

This beautiful saddle is from the George Lawrence Co. in Portland, OR. It is probably a Lewis and Clark commemorative model made in 1906. Lee fully restored the saddle and rides it daily as an Educational Living History Re-enactor. You can learn more about Lee and the programs he offers at historicaloldwest.org.

vintage saddle

VINTAGE MEXICAN-STYLE SADDLE
Linda from California

This is a highly custom saddle with inlaid pearl initials (F.M.) on the horn and a horse head on the fork. Linda picked up this interesting saddle at a swap meet and is looking for any information anyone might have on the saddle. Contact us and we'll pass your comments on to Linda.

vintage saddle

VINTAGE HIGH BACK SADDLE
Andrew from California
This high back double rigged saddle is thought to have been made between 1890 and 1910, but doesn't have a maker's mark. It was probably designed as a mule saddle. Notice the nifty pocket beyond the cantle for a map or tool. Andrew has had the saddle for about six years and has used it for mounted hold-up re-enactments and trail rides. It's had a lot of rides, but Andrew confirms tha it's still a fine using saddle.

arizaon saddlery saddle

VINTAGE ARIZONA SADDLERY SADDLE
Denny from Illinois
This wonderful saddle is the work of Arizona Saddlery of Prescott, Arizona which operated from 1918 to 1936. The saddle is in fabulous, ready-to-ride condition. It's such a great example of the quality craftsmanship and artistry of the era that I can understand Denny's decision to put it on display, but I bet it provides one heck of a ride.

antique saddle

VINTAGE HIGH BACK SADDLE
Melissa from Arkansas
This classic beauty was purchased used by Melissa's father in 1939, so it had its start earlier than that. It's not clear who the maker is but there's a worn stamp that appears to be either "TH" or "JH". The saddle has become a bit of an heirloom as Melissa continues to ride in it today and says she hasn't found another saddle that rides as well.

denver saddle

VINTAGE DENVER SADDLE
Amy from Wisconsin
This is a wonderful example of a high-backed saddle by the Denver Mfg. Co., probably from the early 1900's. Amy rides this saddle regularly for both short and long rides. She says she has yet to find a saddle with a better seat. Goes to show you that new-fangled techniques have nothing over old time craftsmanship.

buck steiner saddle

CUSTOM BUCK STEINER SADDLE
Amy from Wisconsin

Custom saddle maker Buck Steiner started Capitol Saddlery in Austin, Texas in 1930. A Buck Steiner saddle was, and is, considered a high quality saddle. Capitol is still in operation today and run by the Steiner family. In addition to making custom tack and boots, Capitol is a full-featured tack store with a gigantic inventory. Amy has this saddle on display in her home.

montana saddle

VINTAGE MONTANA SADDLERY SADDLE
Amy from Wisconsin
There's no markings on this high-backed beauty, but Amy suspects it's from Montana Saddlery, which operated out of Missoula in the first half of the 1900's. Amy's husband rides this saddle regularly. They definitely built them to last.

Hamley Saddle

VINTAGE HAMLEY & CO. SADDLE
Beverly from Florida
Beverly found this classic saddle from the legendary Hamley & Company five years ago in a flea market in West Palm Beach, Florida. This was a real cowboy's working saddle. It has a nickel horn and a high cantle and is in excellent condition. Hamley has identified it as the saddle made in 1931 for cowboy photographer, Howard Wilcox. Beverly has given the saddle a fitting home on display in her living room.

N.Porter Saddle 1939 VINTAGE PORTER ROPING SADDLE
Bunny from Manitoba, Canada

Bunny is a vintage saddle collector and refurbisher and has some real gems. This roping saddle is from the legendary N.Porter Saddle Shop in Phoenix, Arizona and is a great example of a real using saddle from the early 1900's. The saddle is in working order and mint condition and was just recently sold on eBay.
Vintage Roberts Saddle 1910 VINTAGE ROBERTS SADDLE
Bunny from Manitoba, Canada

This saddle is another of Bunny's vintage gems and is from the Roberts-Dearborn saddle shop that operated out of Carlsbad, New Mexico in the early to mid 1900's. This is a REAL western saddle designed for using. The saddle is in working order and fabulous condition.
vintage saddle 1938 VINTAGE RANCHO SADDLE
Bunny from Manitoba, Canada

Another beauty from Bunny. But this one isn't for sale. It's in great working order and is used on their ranch on what Bunny calls "rough horses." Easy to understand why. Take a look at those swells. They're a great example of the undercut swells that were popular at the time. They'll definitely keep you in the saddle. Sometimes, they'll keep you in even when you want to get out. Safety concerns caused undercut swells to fall out of favor. Let's all pray for Bunny.
Chris Brenner Saddle LCHRIS BRENNER RANCH SADDLE
Jim from Pennsylvania

Jim purchased this wonderful vintage old style ranch saddle at an auction because he thought it needed saving. Jim's not even a rider but was still drawn to the saddle. The saddle came with papers that stated it was an "Original cowboy LChris Brenner saddle." The saddle has obviously had some good miles put on it and looks to have quite a few more left in it. Love the old style exposed stirrup leathers.
buckstitch saddle BUCKSTITCH EQUITATION SEAT SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN SADDLE MAKER
Carrie from Canada

Carrie got this fancy saddle on eBay for $200 and then invested another $400 to have it taken apart and rebuilt. She doesn't know much about it - has been told it might be Mexican from the 60's/70's. Would love to hear from anyone who has any ideas of its origins. Contact Us if you have any info. It's a big solid saddle with a cushy padded seat.

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