Vintage Al Furstnow Miles City Montana Saddle
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Vintage Al Furstnow Miles City Montana Saddle :
This is an early high back saddle by the famous saddle maker Al Furstnow of Miles City, Montana. Al Furstnow was born in 1862 and worked with various saddle makers even making saddles for the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show.He opened his own saddlery in Miles City in 1894 and was known for his excellent work throughout the world.
This saddle by Al Furstnow is marked on the seat with #77 beneath the logo which is worn off from lots of use. The back of the cantle is marked with a large logo that has 'Al Furstnow maker Miles City, Mont.'-the 'Miles City' has faded probably from a bed roll or slicker carried behind the cantle. This is a rawhide covered wood tree that is in sound condition and has a 13.5" seat. It has a large 17" wide swell fork. The horn is brass and is in sound condition also. Saddle has a 6" gullet and a 5 3/4" cantle and about a 25.1/2" skirt. The saddle has lots of floral and other tooling. Some of thetoolingis worn here and there. Theright and left fenders were replaced at some point in time and they are black where as the saddle is a dark brown. The sheepskin has been replaced and is in very nice condition.Saddle has new saddle strings and new strap holder. This is a singlerigging saddle with brassDee rings and Blevins Buckle quick adjuster stirrupadjusters. The stirrups are metal boundwood withleather covered tread that are1 3/4" widewith 2.5" neck and4.5" opening.
This is a quality, soundsaddle and could still be used today or would make a wonderful display piece of western history.
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