old antique very rare Newberry Alliance western saddle

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  • Item Category: Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Apr 19,2011
  • Channel: Online Auction

Here is a very rare old saddle made by Newberry, Alliance, Nebraska, and has the Makers mark on the seat near the pomel.

Newberry's went into business in Alliance, Nebaska in 1888, and although they stopped making saddles about 100 years later, they are still in business in the same building operating as Benny's Hardware today.

The saddle has a 14 1/2 inch seat, and a 6 1/2 inch gullet. It is classified as a highback, although not as high as some of itts predecessors. The swells are 14 1/2 inches. The cinch rings on the rigging are patented May 1815.

Newberry saddles were famous for their comfort, there is a rounded dip in the bottom of the cantle that you can settle right into. Very nice to ride old saddle!

This one was restored quite a few years ago. The fleece is like new, the stirrup leathers were replaced, and the horn was recovered, and it is really nice job. There was an old tear on the left side pomel that has been stitched, Shows in picture 2, the sewing job has pulled it all back together very well. The piece of leather that runs along the rim of the cantle has been restitched. There is a 3/8 inch wear spot on the leather that holds the cinch ring in place. The leather is substantial there, it does not impose any problem at this time.

There is surface crazing, seen mostly on the lower skirt, and also on the fenders. One place on the fender is a bit more crazed than the rest,on the top near side fender. The numbers 2924 appear on the pomel, and seem to reflect the sequential number of saddles made. I have found information on saddle number 3247, and it was made in 1942. This saddle would most probably date to the 30's, although I have seen another like it credited to the 20's. Very rare saddle, and well appreciated on Nebraska, Wyoming and South Dakota ranches, when I have visited. None of those ranchers ever wanted to part with theirs.

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