Featured in this lot is a hand crafted saddle, made by Jack Connolly, one of three sons of renowned tack maker - John Connolly. The three Connolly sons (Jack, Andrew, and Pat) split with their father in 1907 to relocate to Butte, Montana, which was the start up location of the first Connolly Bros Harness Shop. In 1912, Jack and Pat moved on to Billings, where Jack was credited with expanding the business into saddle manufacture. In the year of the stock market crash, which led to the Great Depression (1929), Jack moved himself to Livingston, Montana, where Jack Connolly Saddlery was formed. The saddle displays almost full coverage with ornate custom tooling, showing beautiful scallops on the edges of the fenders, and the rear skirt, decorative flowers on the seat rise, and stacked geometric shapes covering the pommel, seat jockey, and the back of the cantle. The saddle is additionally decorated with double-stacked leather conchos, nickle plated rigging-dees, and "Jack Connolys - Livingston, MONT" hallmark, on the seat rise. Underneath each fender, you can see Jacks patent, "PAT2008977". Above the patent, there is an additional makers makr, also reading "Jack Connolly - Livingston, MONT". This saddle is offered to us by renowned Western collector - Bud Chapman, from Bozeman, Montana. The saddle was constructed between 1929, and 1950, and shows good condition overall, boasting rich, hydrated leather, and a nice patina indicative of age. The undercarriage of the saddle does show some matting and shedding. The saddle utilizes a 14" seat.