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  1. #1
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    Question NEEDED: Saddle Detective--Who can identify this brand?

    So I was cleaning out the tack room of my barn and uncovered an old close contact jumping saddle in very good condition. I cleaned it up well and was surprised by how nice the leather and stitching still were! It was made very well. It has a logo, but no other identification. Does anyone recognize this logo? Anyone familiar with the brand?

    Thanks so much!!

    http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e5...7/DSC02276.jpg
    Lesmiz_07



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    Your saddle appears to be an older Harry Dabbs saddle. They were sold by Eiser's-I think, and they were made in England...I have one similar to yours, I believe. It is a very dark brown, with a lighter brown (slight) knee roll-not a suede roll, it's smooth leather. I bought mine slightly used in 1990 for $650, and back then when they were new, they ran $800-$1100. My saddle still looks great after all this time-had it in the closet here for several years, brought it out last week to try on a horse I'm free leasing. Fits her perfectly!!!! They are a very nice saddle....



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    how come all I ever find in my closets and tack room, is DIRT! its just not fair!
    congrats on what looks to be a really cool find!
    Kim
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    Thanks so much for the information!! From your lead I was able to establish that this is the Harry Dabbs Prix D Model saddle. The new ones which look identical are currently selling for $1,195.00 new or $800 used based on the sites I found, reviews said they are an amazing saddle and this one is like new, perfect billets and everything, not a scratch on the leather. I paid the barn owner $25 for the old dusty saddle...I had a hunch it would be a find !!

    Thanks so very much!!
    Lesmiz_07



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    Glad I could help...Remember, too, most of the older saddles seem to be made of better quality leather than just about anything you'll find today. I was looking at new saddles (like Stubben and Crosby) last time I was at the tack shop, and the leather today seems stiffer, not as pliable or something, and the colors seem different-not as deep...I dunno, cheaper tanning methods?

    Anyway, enjoy the saddle, I think you'll find it's super comfy



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    Yeah the leather on this is amazing, thick and soft and supple and the two tone is deep and rich! It probably hadn't been cleaned in years and years so I scrubbed it well and applied neatsfoot oil and it is as soft and supple as anything and fits my horse like a glove! I don't think it gets much better than that! Probably the best $25 I've ever spent lol
    Lesmiz_07



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