Silver Mounted Show Saddle

This 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.

Jim 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 saddle.

  • 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.

Each sterling 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.

Price – $16,000 USD

All inquiries are kept strictly confidential.

The saddle and bridle come with a quilted saddle bag and a custom made wooden saddle stand.

The 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 and delivered to the freight office nearest to the buyers physical address.

Buyer will pay all freight and insurance costs.

Payment to be made by wire transfer or personal check.