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Saddles

Collectors value saddles for their connection to horse racing and equestrian sports as well as their innate beauty and craftsmanship. Saddles immediately illicit thoughts of horses and everything they represent, from iconic races such as the Kentucky Derby to the Steeplechase in Nashville, Tennessee. They also bring to mind traditions and mythologies from both the old and new worlds, including fox hunting, dressage, and the cowboys and Indians of the American West.

The saddle is a semiotically rich object that encompasses associations both high and low simultaneously. It is the cushioned seat that provides comfort for elite royalty and cattle ranchers alike. The saddle is produced by local craftsmen throughout the American southeast for utilitarian purposes as well as the loftiest European artisans as objets d'art.

Saddles were invented by Eurasian nomads around 4000 B.C., shortly after the domestication of horses and reconceived in various forms by numerous cultures thereafter including the Chinese during the Han Dynasty and the Roman Empire. Saddles offer a fascinating window into man's age-old relationship with the horse, an animal whose history is more integrally linked with that of humans than perhaps any other with the exception of the dog.


Quick Facts

  • The esteemed luxury goods maker Hermès offers a bespoke saddle for upwards of $10,000
  • The Western saddle, most commonly associated with the cowboys of the American West, can be traced back to the Moorish horsemen who invaded Spain around 700 B.C.
  • Saddles are now designed for a variety of uses including roping, cutting, barrel racing, and rodeo

Recommended Items at Auction

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English Riding Leather Saddle / Youth-Teen
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
English Riding Leather Saddle / Youth-Teen
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$557 Bids
Corbin Motorbike Saddle & Rear Storage Compartment
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
Corbin Motorbike Saddle & Rear Storage Compartment
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
19th C Tibetan Carved Wood and Leather Horse Saddle
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
19th C Tibetan Carved Wood and Leather Horse Saddle
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $500- $750
$2500 Bids
Leather Saddle With Saddle Rack-Stand
Oct 28, 7:00 PM EDT
Leather Saddle With Saddle Rack-Stand
by Lettieri Auction & Appraisal
Est: $300- $600
$1500 Bids
Saddle Lot
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
Saddle Lot
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $50- $100
$200 Bids
Saddle Bags
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
Saddle Bags
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $25- $50
$100 Bids
Saddle Lot
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
Saddle Lot
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
SCARCE & INTERESTING ANTIQUE STIPEK WESTERN
Nov 08, 10:00 AM EST
SCARCE & INTERESTING ANTIQUE STIPEK WESTERN
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids
SCARCE & DESIRABLE SADDLE BY FAMOUS MAKER FRANK
Nov 08, 10:00 AM EST
SCARCE & DESIRABLE SADDLE BY FAMOUS MAKER FRANK
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
A saddle
Nov 12, 10:00 AM CET
A saddle
by Czerny's International Auction House
Est: €200- €300
€2000 Bids
Mounted Morroccan Saddle
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Mounted Morroccan Saddle
by Regency Auction House
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Antique Simplex Side Saddle Safety Stirrup
Oct 23, 11:00 AM BST
Antique Simplex Side Saddle Safety Stirrup
by Cooper Barrington LLP
Est: £60- £80
£300 Bids
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Western Tooled Saddle w/Padded Seat - Small [124495]
Oct 29, 8:00 AM PDT
Western Tooled Saddle w/Padded Seat - Small [124495]
by Holabird Western Americana
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
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Western Tooled Saddle Adorned with Sterling Silver [124493]
Oct 29, 8:00 AM PDT
Western Tooled Saddle Adorned with Sterling Silver [124493]
by Holabird Western Americana
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Chinese Tang Terracotta Model Saddle
Dec 02, 10:00 AM GMT
Chinese Tang Terracotta Model Saddle
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £50- £70
£50 Bids
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Western Saddle w/Stow-Away Cantle Pack & Sterling Accents [124494]
Oct 29, 8:00 AM PDT
Western Saddle w/Stow-Away Cantle Pack & Sterling Accents [124494]
by Holabird Western Americana
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
A CAUCASIAN SILVER-MOUNTED SADDLE WITH REINS
Nov 07, 11:00 AM EDT
A CAUCASIAN SILVER-MOUNTED SADDLE WITH REINS
by Helios Auctions
Est: $2,500- $3,500
$1,5000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Saddles


Copake Auction Inc.

Copake Auction Inc.

Holabird Western Americana

Holabird Western Americana

Poulin Antiques & Auctions

Poulin Antiques & Auctions

EJ'S Auction & Appraisal

EJ'S Auction & Appraisal