6893 Vtg Handmade KEYSTON BROTHERS Acorn Oak Leaf Carved Cowboy Saddle
This is a vintage handmade saddle made by Keyston Brothers from San Francisco, California. It has the Keyston Brothers plate on the back of the cantle and is marked on the latigo carrier and seat. Best guess as to age based on the tree style is from the late 1920’s or early 1930’s. The saddle is in really good condition for its age. This saddle has a 14” seat with 29 ½” skirts and is tooled with an acorn and oak leaf pattern. The saddle is all original with the exception of the quick change on the stirrup leathers but they were replaced with an old style quick change. It is missing the tie straps on the swells. There is an old repair on the latigo carrier. The tree is sound and it has its original sheep skin lining. The saddle shows signs of normal use but it does not appear to have been ridden much. The leather is still pliable. This would be a nice saddle to add to a collection from an old noted maker.
History of Keyston Brothers
In 1868, James Keyston began Keyston Bros. James began making whips and lashes in the stable of his father's home on Church Street in San Francisco. James and William Keyston, sons of Samuel Keyston, started manufacturing saddles in San Francisco in 1906. Shortly after the earthquake and fire of that year they bought out JC Johnson Co. makers of saddles and harness. In later years, they bought out several other companies and became the largest manufacturer of saddles and harness on the Pacific Coast. In 1950 they bought out HH Heiser (Denver) from the Denver Dry Goods Company with the Keyston Brothers marketing under the Heiser - Keyston combined names and 1959, Lichtenberger (Los Angeles.) and became Heiser Keyston Lichtenberger to late 1960s. The company continued their riding goods business in Sparks, NV until 1999. Keyston Bros. remains in business today as an upholstery fabric and supply distribution company.