with the finest harness and skirting leather and using vat dying
techniques, these Hope saddles are a variation of the early Texas-style
Hope introduced by Adolphus Hope in the late 1830's. His
style Hope was the most copied by saddle makers and had the typical
Mexican oversized short horn. The Hope saddle generally
had double rigged girthing but many, especially during the era
that included the Civil War, were single-rigged (center-fire rigging).
Our saddles are single rigged with Civil War style quarter strap
and girth. Double-rigging is available. The hardware
on these saddles and the design used on the skirts, fenders, stirrups
and side jockeys can be found on original saddles styled from
1840 - 1880.