Black Leather Powder River Saddle

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This Western style saddle is made of a black stained leather, with a traditional wooden tree frame. The saddle is lined with wool to prevent irritation to the horse and features some silver plating and capping as a decorative sort of reinforcement to the saddle’s outer structure. On the seat below the horn is a deeply engraved label, reading Powder River Saddles™, below this the label continues, Made by Denver Dry Goods Co. Denver, Colorado. The horn is accented with a capping piece of what appears to be sterling silver, but the core of the horn itself is made of wood and strengthened with hide. The sterling silver previously noted on the Horn is similarly used as the saddle’s conchos and is also placed decoratively on the skirt, fenders, and as studding along the breast collar. The stirrups are open toed, also lined with sterling silver, with a stirrup bar that rests about 30 inches below the seat. The saddle is roughly 20 inches wide, by 30 inches long. A western saddle like this would primarily be used for roping cattle and was designed to allow the rider maximum comfort during long stretches on horseback.

The Denver Dry Goods Company was founded in 1889 under the name McNamara Dry Goods by Michael. J. McNamara, after he left his position at another dry goods supplier also located out of Denver. The Company began to see success in the early 1890s when McNamara brought on L.H. Flanders as a co- owner. A little later in 1994, ownership of the company was passed on to Dennis Sheedy and Charles Kountz, who reorganized and rebranded under the name Denver Dry Goods Company. The company continued to grow and was at one point recognized as the largest dry goods manufacturer and supplier west of Chicago. The Denver Dry Goods company possessed and sold many top brand names of saddles but manufactured a brand of their own titled Powder River Saddles. The store brand saddles became an immensely popular brand through local business and by Mail Order. This popularity was maintained for well over half a century, until the brand was changed when The Denver Dry Goods Company was purchased by the Associated Dry Goods in the early 1970s.

Item #: 0272