Small Cattle Herding Saddle

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This rather diminutive saddle was made with a wooden tree frame and covered in a naturally brown leather. The saddle features no studding or plating, with the only decoration seeming to be a small amount of tooling worked into the sides of the saddle-seat in a western floral style. The tooling is done well but has begun to fade due to use of the saddle. Similar wear and tear can be seen on other parts of the saddle, most notably, a gash sits on the seat just below the Horn. The saddle fenders do not attach to the seat, instead resting only on the stirrup straps. The stirrups feature a toe cover, and rest about twenty-seven inches beneath the seat. The saddle measures seventeen inches wide, and roughly eighteen inches long. A saddle this small was probably used by a younger rider, or meant for a smaller horse, but the inclusion of a horn implies it was still meant to be used to herd cattle. The horn features a strange cap, it seems to be a repurposed brothel token. This could possibly be intended as some sort of memory-piece for the rider to observe whilst on horseback, or perhaps the saddle-maker was involved in such business. The token is decorated with the engraving of a rooster, around which are the phrases, A Prize, and The Biggest. A large number 4 sits above the rooster. Further engraving encircles the token, it reads: Gem Saloon, Tombstone, Arizona Territory.

Tombstone is a town in South-East Arizona, known especially for its incredibly rich wild-west history. The town was founded by prospectors in 1877, with a population of less than a hundred people. Local mines were dug, and the largest deposits of silver in the Arizona Territory were discovered by the townspeople. Over the next seven years, the population jumped from less than one hundred, to over fourteen thousand. The site is best remembered today though, as the location where the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral took place. This event is arguably the most famous shootout in the history of the American Wild West, with legendary figures like Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday being involved. Today, Tombstone draws most of its revenue from tourism.

Item #: 0267