Exact in every detail, fully padded and close contact hunting style, this English saddle is a perfectly scaled salesman sample, probably used as a store or custom display as a sales aid. It is not tiny, measuring 16" across with the flaps open, 5" high and 12" deep. It was displayed from 2000 in my mother's museum collection. It's museum id tag is #20HF 4-27-00 (date of loan to museum). This salesman sample fits two of my mother's areas of favorites, she loved to find and collect true salesman samples and she was a nationally recognized horsewoman. It is superbly made and in fine condition as pictured. I have to put in shipping but will calculate after committing to purchase for the most reasonable yet save rates for you.
The Harriet Elberson Free Doll & Toy Museum Collection Provenance:
When our mother decided to take on a new interest, she jumped in 150%! She lived it, breathed it, mastered it. As a child who had a limited childhood, she was drawn to antique dolls and toys. For years, she went to antique shops, antique shows, flea markets, private sales treasure hunting, collecting antique dolls, toys, antique jewelry, lace, ribbon and cloth, miniatures and salesman samples. Very gifted, detail oriented, the collection filled her home before being put most on loan to the museum in historic Deer Lodge where she lived most of her adult life.
Her collection of antique, vintage and replica dolls along with antique and vintage toys and teddy bears has been displayed since 2000 in the Powell County Historic Museum in Deer Lodge Montana. Her large collection is housed in Yesterdays Playthings, one of the original historic prison administration buildings and is on display from May until the fall. The museum tells us that over 50,000 view the collection and the old prison museum complex each year. Her legacy is a great support for the community of Deer Lodge. Her collection is numbered with a tag and with red dots.
These dolls and strollers offered here were removed from the museum shortly before and after her passing as they were her favorites. Their sale will help to preserve the large collection that remains in the museum as her legacy to Montana.