UPDATE - 5/18l11 I added a link to a youtube video about the George Lawrence Company at the bottom of the post.
Nice day yesterday..., don't anyone tell Julie that I was working on saddles..., and The Blog..., instead of doing my chores !!! You can click on these thumbnail photos and view them in a larger format.
Just don't understand WHY those horses would turn thier backs on these fine George Lawrence saddles?
From left to right..., newest to the oldest by age.
This tan saddle is the only one that has the most recent George Lawrence logo stamped on the back of the cantle.
This is what I call the Third Generation Logo..., or "script logo". This is the only saddle I have or have seen with this logo.
That's Smokey..., with his saddle blanket on..., sitting in front of Julie's saddle. He likes the rawhide accents added to the horn and gullet..., nice..., but not original.
"Jackson" is easily the oldest..., the first give-a-way is it is an "8-string" saddle. Newer saddles are "6-string". Also the square skirts and extremely "high back" cantle. I also believe that it was an old "bear trap" design. The rolls have been repaired and it looks to me like they may have been cut down.
I call this the First Generation Logo..., I have only seen it on the really old saddles.
Second from right is a newer design..., with a Cheyenne roll on the low back cantle, small, low rolls and what the GLC described in their catalog as a "pelican horn". We used to call those big horns a "Mexican roping horn" when I was a kid.
This is what I call the Second Generation Logo..., it is on all the saddles..., with the exception of "Jackson" and the tan saddle. My research has not found any means of dating the use of the three different logos.
Second and third from left are Julie and I's saddles. Notice the swept back rolls..., not as exagerated as the old "bear trap" design..., they were referred to as a "form fitter" design. Not sure if George Lawrence or Hamley was the first to use that design. My saddle is easily dated by the "wool lining" instead of the standard "sheep skin" lining that is commonly used. During WW II sheep skin was in short supply because it was being used by the military for "boomer jackets".
Here's a link to a youtube video about saddles and the George Lawrence Company.