Important Moran Bros. Display Saddle from the Chladiuk Museum Collection

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Important Moran Bros. Display Saddle from the Chladiuk Museum Collection
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A true Territorial loop seat saddle by Moran Bros. (Miles City, Montana Territory). Exhibition quality, with beautifully carved leather. Floral and vine tooled just about everywhere, with a well-outfitted cowboy with rifle tooled on one fender, and a regal Indian with bear claw necklace on the other fender. A roping cowboy is carved on the 15" seat. Every place they could tool, they did, and this magnificent showpiece is the result. Covered oxbows, and original double horsehair cinches with covered rings. Cartouche of “MORAN BRO’S / MILES CITY. M.T." An important piece of Montana history, Buffalo Bill history, and Western collecting history. A truly special saddle.

Included with this lot is an original cabinet card photograph of the saddle, by L.A. Huffman (Miles City, Mont.), taken when the saddle was new.

From the Museum Collection of Francois Chladiuk. This saddle was part of Buffalo Bills Wild West 1906 performance at the Plaine des Manoeuvres in Etterbeek, Belgium, and therefore held a prominent place in Francois’ Brussels museum: the entrance. The saddle has been part of numerous museum exhibitions, and appears in numerous publications.

The Moran Bros. saddlery was started by John and Frank Moran in 1884 in Montana and became one of the most famous makers in the west.