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saddle was a collaboration between Bill Burman (deceased), a self taught
saddle maker from Rogue River, Oregon, and Jim Harman the silversmith,
who also lives in Southern Oregon.
The leather work on this saddle was done by Bill Burman who was known for his excellent saddles and leatherwork.
Harman who made all the sterling silver pieces for this saddle worked
in the jewelry trade for more than 30 years. His attention to detail can
be seen in the silver work on this saddle. Jim hand made 51 custom
silver pieces for this saddle. The bridle has an additional 42 pieces of
sterling silver. They were all designed and hand fitted to the contours
and cut of this astounding saddle. This is truly a one-of-a-kind
- TREE — Ritter Brand, S.F. Bowman
- BARS — Arizona Style
- FORK WIDTH — 13 inches
- GULLET — 6 1/4 inches wide, 8 inches high
- SWELL — 13 inches
- SEAT — 16 inches, 15 1/2 inches finished
- HORN — Boy style, 2 inches cap, 3 inches high
- STIRRUPS — Visalia, 3 inches wide
- RIGGING — In skirt, Full double / 2 1/2 inch stirrup leather
- CANTLE — 3 1/2 inches x 13 inches
- SADDLE MAKER — Bill Burman, Grants Pass, Oregon
- SILVERSMITH — Jim Harman, Rogue River, Oregon
- SILVER ON SADDLE — Solid sterling silver, 51 pieces, Bridle – 42 pieces
This one of a kind saddle features a total of Ninety-three (93)
pieces of sterling silver. There are fifty-one on the saddle itself and
an additional forty-two pieces on the bridle.
silver piece is made with two layers making a high relief design. The
lower area has been oxidized to turn it a matte gray. The upper areas
are polished, creating a great color contrast.
All the beads were
hand made one at a time. The polished areas have been sealed with
carnuba wax to keep the silver from tarnishing.
The saddle has
been kept in a controlled environment, has never been on a horse and is
in pristine condition. This saddle would make an outstanding statement
in a home or corporate office. This one of a kind saddle is a fine
example of contemporary western art.
The saddle and bridle come with a quilted saddle bag and a custom made wooden saddle stand.
saddle will be shipped in a wooden crate (48″H x 32″W x 26″D.) The
crate is fork lift accessible. The saddle will be shipped by freight or available for local pick-up.
Buyer will pay all freight and insurance costs.