This saddle came from the sale of the extraordinary Potter's Museum of Curiosities (more) at Jamaica Inn in Cornwall, where it was labelled as a Mexican Saddle (the label has left a mark on the seat)
It does have the wide flat pommel of a Mexican saddle, but the Sam Stagg rigging (the leather strap wrapped around the pommel) looks more like a Californian feature.
The wooden tree of the saddle is covered in rawhide which is stitched together. The leather of the skirts is old and worn (see images).
The saddle has one of its original stirrups, complete with leather covering or tapadero
It is decorated with conchos showing a horse, three are missing, on one there are traces of gilding remaining
This is an early saddle, but it is showing its age
Dimensions : Length 22" (56cm), Pommel/Horn 3½" (9cm) across
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Sorry, this saddle is sold
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