I've got a couple of these on hand; this has gorgeous hand tooling that really catches my eye. I'm not sure of the maker, but am about 90% sure these are made by Bona Allen, with a really distinctive and different floral pattern (at least I'm calling it floral). I did have one with identical tooling that was marked Miller, Denver, and it sold right away to a collector in, you guessed it, Denver. You can buy this one for a lot less money, and it's just as nice. This saddle does have a full 14 1/2 inch seat; I can sit in it pretty comfortably. It has very narrow bars on it, and would only be suitable to ride on a narrow horse. I do know that Bona Allen made a lot of saddles with similar fitting bars back in the 50's, or very early 60's, so I'm guessing that's when this one was made. The original fleece is pretty well worn out, but everything else looks very sound, and the saddle would certainly be rideable, but I think it's real value is going to be as a collector. I've not seen one of these with this distinctive tooling for quite some time now, and it's tooled all over, really an eye catcher! The leather is all good in the saddle, and the rigging is sound. Since I've got another one just like it waiting to be cleaned up and put out, I'm going to price this one at only $295. You'll look a long time to find a saddle this pretty for that amount of money.
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