Wonderful early trail saddle with California influence. Large leaf tooling and swept-back lower skirts. True half-seat with Sam Stagg rigging and exposed upper cantle. 12 ½” seat, 4 ½” cantle. 4 per side copper slotted conchos, riveted stirrup leathers, no side jockeys, exposed rawhide horn. 14 ½” tapaderos have 4 slotted copper conchos each. With period rawhide reata. A true showpiece and premiere example of an early California ranching saddle. Circa 1860s-70s.
Brian Lebel's Old West Auction, June 6th, 2015