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Dave Silva Custom Saddle
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Dave Silva Custom Saddle

Product SKU: Dave Silva Saddle
Price: $5 500.00

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Dave Silva's Custom Saddles continued the Visalia tradition of techniques like no one else could. His saddles commanded prices of thousands of dollars in the days when that was unheard of. People would stand in line for a Silva Saddle.

Dave Silva took his time with each saddle creation. For the love of the craft and his exquisite skill, Dave Silva was presented The Don King Lifetime Achievement Award for a lifetime of leather tooling and saddle making. During his 30 years of saddle craftsmanship he created 600 saddle masterpieces.

Dave Silva was an important influence at the legendary Visalia Stock Saddle Co. His goal was to teach someone the intricacies of the trade so that the saddle-building in the revered Visalia way will not become a lost art.

Dave Silva was the last saddle maker and foreman for the original Visalia Stock Saddle Company. The Sacramento location burned down in 1963. For about four decades Dave's shop was located across from the Town and Country Shopping Center at Fulton Avenue and 2628 Marconi Avenue, Sacramento, Ca.

Dave Silva, passed away on Tuesday, October 16th, 2007 at 86 years old.


This Saddle

  • Built sometime in the middle 1980's as best as we can tell.
  • The Stamping design is called "Arrow Basket"
  • The Tree is a Visalia 3-B
  • 4" Dally Horn with a 3-3/4" Cap
  • The Cantle is 3-1/2" High, 12-1/2" Wide, 1" Dish
  • Gullet is 7-1/2" High, 7" wide
  • Arizona Bars 23-1/2" Long with a 13" Bar Spread. (similar to what some may consider Full Quarter). This saddle will fit a wide variety of horses.
  • Seat is 16"


This saddle is inspected, cleaned and oiled from top to bottom. Guaranteed stout and as good as new. In addition to a great "using saddle", it is a mint condition "collectible". A solid, legitimate investment!

The negotiable price is $7,000.00.

Call Buckaroo John with questions at 530-545-0139

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