Dating hereford saddles
I would like to see a picture of the owner holding the ruler across the gullet and I would also like to see a picture of the linning. A lot of older saddles were not kept in the best conditions and the leather gets stiff.
Sometimes even the best leather conditioner doesn't bring them back.
In 1956 it merged with Tandy Corp., and it became a division of that company as Tex Tan Western Leather in 1961.
Verifiable information is sketchy, but a story in the Victoria Advocate from 2006, when the plant in Yoakum burned down, indicates that Tex Tan began making Hereford Brand saddles in the 1930s, about the same time they began making their "Texas Ranger" line of pistol belts and holsters, both real and toy varieties.
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Check the stirrup leathers for modern Blevins quick-change buckles or the older Al Ray type.
Of course, if the leathers are laced it means the saddle is really old and has not been updated.
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I'm pretty sure this one on ebay is a pleasure saddle. Thanks, Colby The older Tex Tan saddles (as this one appears to be) were very well made.