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Old 12-02-2012, 09:00 PM  
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Simco Identification Help

Hello everyone I bout my simco saddle about 5 years ago. I know nothing about it and can not find any contact information for simco saddlery online.

Can anyone tell me anything about this saddle? Its atleast 30 years old? I bought it for 400 back 5 years ago
Heres a link to my photobucket

Here are more photos the stamp on the back either says C 450 or C 460.
Its all smooth leather, no tooling. Great condition no major scratches or scrapes on the saddle beside a few on the stirrups. Only bad leather is posted in the picture showing the rigging.

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c1...y/Nov17252.jpg
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http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c1...y/Nov17255.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c1...y/Nov17256.jpg
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c1...y/Nov17257.jpg
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http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c1...y/Nov17260.jpg

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Old 12-03-2012, 05:00 AM  
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I found this online.... appears the company still is in existence but has now merged... Maybe searching for a slightly different name will help you...
SIMCO/LONGHORN SADDLES

In October, 1990, two equestrian companies merged, enabling improved operating efficiency for both companies and better service for you, the customer. The companies, formerly known as Simco & Longhorn are now Simco-Longhorn Co., Inc. Offering a great saddle selection at an affordable price.
The Simco plant consists of 130,000 square feet. It remains in Chattanooga, TN and will continue to make quality Simco products including saddles, strap goods and other equestrian items. Simco products have been recognized as world leaders since 1933.
The Longhorn Leather plant remains in Greenville, Texas where only the best roping, cutting, show, pleasure saddles, and strap goods are handcrafted. We will continue to make the always popular Longhorn and Billy Cook Saddlery labels in Greenville, Texas. Longhorn handcrafted saddles have been the favorite of thousands since 1913.
Simco-Longhorn Company, Inc.

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Old 12-03-2012, 01:56 PM  
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Cleaned my saddle again. It deffinatly says C460 not C450. Also looked for more identifiable marks and found nothing hidden under the fenders or on the tree bottom. The tree is wood tho.
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:49 AM  
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In the late 50's the extreme elephant ear cantle came about. This seems to be part of the slow phasing out of that style so I'm thinking mid 60's. The siver may have been an add-on as silver wasn't trendy at this time. Saddle is well made with a rawhide wrapped tree. Back in those days, any saddle with the small D ring on the forks denoted a rawhide tree, the ring was to hold the tie for the rope. The number on the back is likely a catalog number.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:23 PM  
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Thanks for your help.

I emailed Crates a few weeks ago and heard back from them yesterday. Crates owned part of simco till 1980. The model of my saddle was made in the 1950's Model number 460, called the“Bill Olson” roper, for a former cowboy and friend of my father Bob Crates. . They made between 400-500 of this saddle. As far as why mine has 8 petals as opposed to the 6 petal simco trade mark, They are not sure why mine is 8 the man doesnt remember anything about that (come on its been 60 years, lol) I'm waiting to see if they remember what this saddle sold for back in the day.

Now that i know how old it is and that its in such good shape still, i'm almost thinking i shouldnt ride in it and should be storing it inside as a work of art. BUT untill i have the money to get something else to ride in, this is still my main saddle.

I'm guessing that since its 60 years old many of the others that were made arn't still around or if they are they arent in the amazing shape mine is

I should put it on Antiques Road Show lol

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Old 12-17-2012, 05:56 PM  
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Ah, your saddle was just getting into the larger cheyenne roll, not leaving it. At one point the flare on the cantle almost touched the skirt. Thus it was dubbed elephant ear cantle. When barrel racing they were sure great to grab to keep one's butt down in the saddle, better than today's barrel saddles.
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