1940's Lichtenberger Ferguson Saddle
This stunning saddle is a beautiful piece of Cowboy history. At the time it was made, this was a top of the line saddle from one of the country's most prestigious makers. The Lichtenberger Ferguson Co. was a Los Angeles, California company that operated between the 1923 and 1959. It began under the name Los Angeles Saddlery (1920-1923) and was sold to Heiser Saddlery in 1958 along with Keyston Brothers to create the three-label company: Heiser - Keyston- Lichtenberger. Lichtenberger-Ferguson chaps, saddles and holsters were prized for their workmanship and style. They continue to be highly collectible pieces today.
This saddle is maker marked on the front of the seat: "LICHTENBERGER FERGUSON CO. / LOS ANGELES / MAKERS". The mark is clearly stamped with a picture of a steer head in the middle.
The stunningly good condition for a saddle of this age and obvious use by its owner. There are no areas of major wear whatsoever - a few small marks on the seat from what might have been buttons on jean pockets are the only visible sign of age. The patina given to the leather through long years of riding and layers of saddle oil have left a stellar color. The saddle has a 14 inch seat.
This is definitely a piece of pure Cowboy art that can be used to this day. It is a piece of California history from the heyday of the big Western cattle ranches and their Hollywood portrayal.
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