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Vintage Antique Early 1900s Western Saddle, 8-string, Collectible, Display For Sale
Vintage Antique Western SaddleEarly 1900s, 8-String Style, Brass HardwareThis is a nice old saddle that would make a great display piece for the collector. I don't see any clear maker mark on the saddle, but I believe it was made by Bona Allen or possibly Texas Tanning. I see very similar models in each of their catalogs. I know that Bona Allen made alot of unmarked saddles for other companies to sell, not sure about Texas Tanning. There is a flower stamped at each corner where the border tooling meets, which I've been told was commonly used by Bona Allen.
There is part of a maker mark on the front latigo keeper, but I think this is off another saddle. Most of the stamp is missing where the latigo slot was cut, so all I can make out is the town name Stanberry.The canvas covered wood tree feels completely solid. I have not had the saddle apart so I can't guarantee against hidden damage, but I don't see anything that makes me suspect that. The gullet is approximately 5 1/4 inches wide. The bar angle is steeper than modern semi-Quarter Horse, made to fit the narrower horses that were common in the old days.
The horn is 3 inches tall with a 2 1/4 inch diameter cap. The leather covering the horn will move if you twist it, but the horn itself feels solid. The swells are 14 inches wide. There's a rope keeper strap on the right swell that appears to be original. It has a brass buckle to match the brass conchos and rigging hardware. You can see this in the picture below, along with the flower stamp at the corners.The seat measures 15 inches from the base of the horn to the top inside edge of the cantle, which is 3 inches tall. This is what was known as an 8-string style seat, with the front jockeys being seperate from the seat jockeys. The 8 large brass conchos are all intact. The strings look like they have been replaced at some point.
The leather is hand stamped in a geometric pattern. There is typical wear with minor surface imperfections, no tears or other serious damage. The leather feels like it has been maintained well through the years. It's not dry rotted or brittle and still has a nice supple feel. The fork cover is laced below the horn and down the swells. The lacing at the center of the rear housing is broken near the edge. It would be easy to replace if you want to, but not critical.The rigging is double with brass rings front and rear. The rigging leather is all intact and looks like it's well-attached to the tree, but I'm not recommending the saddle for riding as it is. I believe this area needs some restoration just to be safe due to the age.
The stirrup leathers originally adjusted with laces and Blevins buckles were added on later. The stirrup leathers have normal wear with some cracking, no tears or excessively thin spots. They are "over the fender" style, with stamping on the exposed portion.
The stirrups are brass bound wood. They appear to be old, but not as old as the saddle. They are a very good match with the other brass hardware.The lining is real sheepskin and does show it's age. There are some bare spots and someone patched a large hole at the rear corner with synthetic fleece (top right of the picture). There is some broken or loose stitching on the back edge of the skirts.
The skirts measure 26 1/2 inches long front to rear. The saddle weighs approximately 30 pounds as shown.
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Vintage Antique Early 1900s Western Saddle, 8-string, Collectible, Display: $291