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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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Hermes Leather Horse Saddle
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Hermes Leather Horse Saddle
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Est: $200- $300
$5007 Bids
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Early C20th leather horse saddle
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Est: AUD80- AUD120
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MINIATURE TOOLED LEATHER SADDLE
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MINIATURE TOOLED LEATHER SADDLE
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Est: $0- $0
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PAIR PLAINS HIDE WRAPPED SADDLES, 19TH C
Apr 23, 9:00 AM CDT
PAIR PLAINS HIDE WRAPPED SADDLES, 19TH C
by Jackson's International
Est: $300- $500
$2251 Bid
WESTERN HORSE RIDING SADDLE W SILVERED DETAILS
Apr 22, 3:00 PM EDT
WESTERN HORSE RIDING SADDLE W SILVERED DETAILS
by Austin York LLC
Est: $200- $300
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WESTERN HORSE RIDING SADDLE W SILVERED DETAIL
Apr 22, 3:00 PM EDT
WESTERN HORSE RIDING SADDLE W SILVERED DETAIL
by Austin York LLC
Est: $200- $300
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VINTAGE SADDLE SASHES & SHOES
Apr 24, 9:00 AM CDT
VINTAGE SADDLE SASHES & SHOES
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Est: $25- $50
$200 Bids
Late 19th Century Texas "Hope" Saddle
May 18, 9:00 AM CDT
Late 19th Century Texas "Hope" Saddle
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $2,500- $4,000
$1,8000 Bids
A PLAINS HIDE WRAPPED WOMAN'S SADDLE
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A PLAINS HIDE WRAPPED WOMAN'S SADDLE
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Est: $200- $300
$1600 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Saddles


Jackson's International

Jackson's International

Austin York LLC

Austin York LLC

Abell Auction

Abell Auction

Lawsons

Lawsons