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Catalog Number 2008.063
Description Keyston Western Working Saddle, 1910. Saddle is brown leather with poppy floral designs all over, expect the center of the seat, and scalloped around the edges. On the seat there is the floral design, in the shape of a horseshoe, on the back rest, and under the handle/grip. There is also an oval shaped patch of the floral design on the left and right sides of the seat. On each side of the saddle are two tassels in the front and two in the back. Each tassel has two, stacked, scalloped circles of leather, the one on top being slightly smaller in circumference. Each tassel has two thin, leather strips hanging from the center. Wool/fabric lining underneath. Loops for feet are wood, lined with metal, and held together with metal nails. To right of handle/grip is a leather strap with buckle on one end and a leather strip on the other. The leather strip is torn off at the end. Under the leg flaps are two metal rings holding more leather parts.
Paper tag attached to it reads: This saddle belonged to James Rolph Jr. Mayor of San Francisco from 1910-1930 and then Governor of California until his death in 1934.
oOld description:BROWN KEYSTONE MADE WESTERN WORKING SADDLE AND STIRRUP COVERS WITH EMBOSSED POPPY DESIGNS
Object Name Saddle
Collection Three-Dimensional Collection
Title Keyston Western Working Saddle, 1910
Date 1910
Creator Keyston Bros
Inscription Text "KEYSTON BROS / MAKERS / SAN FRANCISCO" (on backside of back rest); "This saddle belonged to James Rolph Jr. Mayor of San Francisco from 1910-1930 and then Governor of California until his death in 1934." (tag affixed to saddle--now in Curatorial donor file)
Provenance This saddle belonged to James Rolph Jr. Mayor of San Francisco from 1910-1930 and then Governor of California until his death in 1934.
Notes Owner, "Sunny Jim," Started Buying Land in San Mateo County in 1902, Including Vista Verde, Pony Tracks Ranch, Mindico Hill, Russian Ridge, and Other Areas of Mid-Peninsula Open Space
San Mateo County Property

"In 1868, the effects of the gold rush and the "forty-niners" still lingered in San Francisco. A booming port and bustling city of 139,000 souls, The City struggled for respectability. On May 1 of that year James Keyston began Keyston Bros., a firm which today serves the furniture and transportation industries out of 21 locations and has sales of almost $40 million. ...
"In 1906 Keyston Brothers moved into the saddle making business and bought out the J.C Johnson Co., Saddlery. ..."
[https://www.vintagegunleather.com/company-marks/keyston_history.html 08/04/2017]
Search Terms saddle
Keyston Family
Leather
Horse Back Riding
Rolph, James Jr.
Subjects Saddles
Leather industry
Horseback riding
Horses
Riding
People Rolph, James Jr.