For auction in this lot is a custom saddle, crafted 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 in 1929, Jack moved himself to Livingston, Montana, where Jack Connolly Saddlery was formed. This saddle displays Jacks expert craftsmanship with simple, yet elegant pin-stripe tooling, brass rigging dees, and floral motif tooling embellishing the makers mark on the seat rise, reading "Jack Connolly - Livingston, MONT". This saddle is provided to us by Bud Chapman, renowned Bozeman, Montana Western collector. This saddle was crafted between 1929 and 1950, and shows good condition for age. There is some slight bending to the right-rear fender, and some scattered scuffs to the leather finish, though the saddle remains supple, and hydrated. The saddle features a 14" seat.