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"Little Wonder" saddle

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meramec

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My dad used a saddle given to him in the 70s by "a cowboy from Oklahoma" after all our tack was stolen (but that's another story). This saddle is in decent shape, has some scuffs and the fleece has a tear, definitely restore-able. The stamp on it reads "Little Wonder, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Southwest Distributing Co." It has silver conchos, a diamond quilted light oil seat, the rest is dark brown with floral and sunburst tooling, the tooling on the fenders shows a saddled cowpony confronting a stubborn looking calf.

I'm considering whether to restore it for use or decoration and just wondered if anyone knows some history on this brand of saddle, as no one here (Indiana) that I've talked to does, nor do I find much of anything on Google or Ebay. Much appreciate your comments!
 

the_jersey_lilly_2000

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Little Wonder is the brand of the tree in the saddle. I can't find any info on Southwest Distributors Co. if it was a saddle shop or a store that just delt in all brands, I dont know, but I did find a website that has saddles made on Little Wonder trees. Might hafta do some more diggin to find info out on the company that makes the trees. Hope this helps.

http://froogle.google.com/froogle?q=Little+Wonder+Saddle+tree&hl=en&lr=&sa=N&tab=ff&oi=froogler
 

Faster horses

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I had a saddle with a "Little Wonder" tree when I was a kid. (Lilly and I had this discussion before). Mine was made by Buck Steiner. I think that company is still in business somewhere in Texas. Sid Steiner the (in)famous steer wrestler is a descendant of Buck Steiner and I read some where that he is managing the saddle shop now.

Hope this helps!
 

the_jersey_lilly_2000

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Yeap, Sid Steiner is manning the saddle shop, and some of his other relatives, not sure cousins or what, have Steiner Ranches and have some really nice Brangus Bulls at their sales.
I have a Buck Steiner saddle, but it doesn't say what kinda tree is built on.
 

Big Muddy rancher

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Rawlide made a little wonder tree. Rawlide used injection moulding plastic type material. They were sort of the first 'MASS" produced saddles.
 

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