Looking for info on this saddle.

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  • pnthr9379 Original Poster
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    I found this saddle and am just wondering info about it and value. It says made in England barnsby. I know barnsby saddle are good, I just don’t know much about the saddles and about this close contact saddle. Any help would be appreciated 🙂

    Thanks!!

    Joan Fry
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    I don’t know anything about the saddle itself, but the two things to check are the tree and the quality of the leather. The saddle isn’t worth anything if the tree is broken. Find somebody knowledgeable–a trainer would be best–to check it for you. I hate to be a cynic, but asking somebody at a tack store may not be a good idea. You might get a sales clerk who wants you to buy a new saddle. The second thing to look for is the quality of the leather and the stitching. The leather doesn’t look dry from your photos, but if you bend it and can see tiny cracks of a lighter color, it’s dry. Judiciously apply WARM neatsfoot oil. Cold neatsfoot oil will sit on the surface instead of soaking in. Good luck!

    pnthr9379 Original Poster
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    Ok cool thanks! I’ll def do that. I tried looking up barnsby and some that look similar go for over $1000 brand new. So I’m just curious about the brand as well if it’s worth fixing up and selling or if it’s junk lol. I’ll def have someone look at it and see how the tree is. The leather still seems good. Thanks!

    pnthr9379 Original Poster
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    So I had my trainer look at it with me. It is made in England and has wool flocking. The tree and intact. Leather is in decent condition just needs some TLC. Billets are secure and she stairs it’s a flat close contact. I found serial numbers and a plate that says Kaufman and sons New York NY. So I know it was made by barnsby but sold at that Kaufman saddlery years ago before they went out of business. Looks like this saddle has been around. It’s interesting piecing it all together lol.

    Joan Fry
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    Kaufman Saddlery in NYC? Wow! Many, many years ago somebody gave me a gift certificate to Kaufman’s. I bought a snaffle bit, and shortly after that, the store closed. I don’t know what makes a specific item an antique–older than 20 years? 50 years?–but I bet your saddle qualifies. I have a Passier dressage saddle that’s over 30 years old that has no leg padding whatsoever, which is why I use it for trail riding. The stitching around the pommel area (it’s a cutback saddle) started unraveling about ten years ago, so I took it to a saddle maker who told me the thread was linen, and that the saddle itself was a beautiful piece of workmanship. Good leather lasts a long time, if you take care of it. Great detective work! Congratulations!

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