There are a few stitches missing on the edge of the cantle and front of the swell, but the leather remains in place, and could be easily restitched. The tree and horn are solid, the seat measures 14inches straight across from the base of the horn to the inside rim of the cantle.
The gullet is on the wide side for the period. There is a little crazing on the edges of the rear skirts, but the leather feels solid. The old sheepskin is tattered and worn, but the saddlepads of today work well in its place.
The leather beneath the offside girth ring is worn away, about 1 inch in height and 3 inches wide. This is very common in these old saddles, and is an easy repair by stitching in a new piece of leather. Many of today's saddles have that second piece of leather already stitched in, so the issue is common and well know to saddlemakers. The old latigos ties seem good, the stiirup leathers and the fenders are also still solid and good. The stirrup adjustment is, as was the custom of the time, by means of rawhide strings, but they are easy to convert to Blevins.Many cowboys drove cattle North to Montana, and upon arrival, and after receiving their pay, bought themselves a better saddle than what they had just sat in for long, long hours, months at a time. The Coggshall, Miles City, saddles were well received by those cowboys, so much so, the company grew by leaps and bounds, doubling in size year after year. This old saddle has stood the test of time, and with a little work, should last a long time into the future. Its an amazing piece of western history, and deserves a place to be admired. The item "Miles City Antique Western Saddle High Back, Loop Back, by Charles Coggshall" is in sale since Sunday, February 21, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Western Americana\Saddles". The seller is "bubudawgs" and is located in Concord, New Hampshire.
This item can be shipped to United States.