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Miscellaneous, Saddlebags, Hand Tooled, Al Furstnow, Miles City, Montana, Marked, Vintage, 465

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ORNATE AND EXQUISITE!

These fabulous vintage saddlebags hail from the world-famous and iconic leather shop, Al Furstnow’s Saddlery. They are intricately hand-tooled with traditional western floral and scrolling designs, on aged leather with gorgeous patina. They’re finished with tonal leather lacing and commercial findings. Rare finds that make fabulous decor!

The world famous and iconic leather shop, Al Furstnow's Saddlery, of Miles City, Montana, operated from 1894 to 1982.


History on AL FURSTNOW and the " Saddle that Made Miles City Famous" : 

“Al Furstnow was born in Wisconsin in 1862, and learned the saddle making trade from his father. In 1884 Furstnow landed in Miles City Montana where he was employed by the E. Goettlich Saddlery. After leaving Goettlich, he became the foreman of the Omaha shops of G.H. and J.S Collins and worked to outfit the Buffalo Bill Cody Wild West Show. In 1892 Furstnow returned to Miles City where he was employed by the Robbins and Lenoir Saddle Company, and in 1894 he began the AL Furstnow Saddlery. Furstnow made a high quality saddle, which gained favor throughout the West and the rest of the world. He had a state of the art shop, employed the finest artisans, and operated one of the most successful saddleries in the West. From 1897-1899 Furstnow partnered up with Charles Coggshall, and after their split Coggshall formed the Miles City Saddlery which competed with Furstnow for the next 50 years. By 1915 Furstnow had added a second location in Sydney Montana which operated until 1918. Around this time Furstnow met Edward Bohlin, who was a Swedish immigrant and Montana cowboy. Bohlin rode with a Furstnow saddle and was a regular at the shop in Miles City. Bohlin later set up shop in Cody Wyoming and pattered his business after Furstnow's. Bohlin was among the most famous and skilled saddle makers in the west and was famous for his elaborate parade saddles and silver work. In 1919 Furstnow headed West to California and set up another location in Los Angeles. Furstnow was cashing in on the Hollywood western craze and soon Bohlin followed along and established a shop close to Furstnow's. In 1925 Al Furstnow died, and the LA location closed soon after. The Miles City location continued to operate under the management of Al Moreno until 1946.”- www

  • artist: Al Furstnow
  • hallmarks: embossed with AL FURSTNOW MAKER, MILES CITY, MONT.
  • materials: hand tooled leather, commercial findings
  • dimensions: pocket- 8" x 7 1/2", end to end 28"
  • vintage condition
  • leather is stiff and worn commensurate with age
  • metal findings are oxidized
  • tip of one strap is missing but still closes
  • wear from use
  • style: MISC465
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