Member: National Bit, Spur & Saddle Collector's Association and Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America
Billy Cook, Saddlemaker
The original Billy Cook saddles were made in Greenville, TX where Mr. Billy Cook had his own shop and did custom saddle work from his own patented designs. His saddles were hand made by skilled artisans with Billy being in direct control of each saddle. The maker mark of the original Billy Cook saddles was found etched in metal atop the saddle horn: "BILLY COOK / SADDLERY / GREENVILLE / TEXAS" and all the original saddles also had a leather stamp "Billy Cook / Maker / Greenville, Texas" with a model number.
In the late 1980's, after a run-in with the Internal Revenue Service, Billy Cook closed his shop and sold his patents to Long Horn Saddle Company with a non-compete clause for a certain number of years, at which time the maker mark was changed to Billy Cook/ Saddle Maker / Sulphur OK. The Sulphur saddles are assembly line saddles with the Billy Cook name on them. They can easily be spotted by the presence of a Longhorn Saddlery stamp under the right jockey. Simco is now a part owner of the Billy Cook name and is using the Greenville, Texas stamp - but does not have the older serial numbers, nor does the new saddle have the old horn cap.
Original Billy Cook Saddles (those made in the 70's and 80's in Greenville, TX) are still considered top-class workmanship barrel and cutting saddles made today with real wooden rawhide covered trees and larger jockeys and skirts to distribute the weight of the rider.
Billy Cook Saddles
Autographed by Carl Smith (Country Western Music Hall of Fame Star)
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Members: National Bit, Spur & Saddle Collector's Association
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