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Item #SA404 / $6,500.
George "Gabby" Hayes Personal Newell Saddle
Gabby Hayes and Roy Rogers
#10: "Gabby Hayes, western pictures star, is another of thousands of satisfied Newell saddle riders."
Gabby Hayes and his Newell saddle, with saddle-maker Walter Newell.
About George "Gabby" Hayes Personal Saddle:
In 1956 after filming the final season of "The Gabby Hayes Show" Gabby presented both his personal saddle and his famous western film wardrobe to Danny Stradella, the late owner of New York's Famous "Danny's Hide-A-Way" [click here for Danny's Hide-A-Way memorabilia included with the saddle & information on the Gabby Hayes Room at Danny's] where it was on display for over 50 years. This is the saddle made for Gabby Hayes by famous saddle-maker Walter Newell in the early 1930's.
The Gabby Hayes Saddle is a unique Newell saddle. The saddle is numbered 1001, however- the "rack" saddle model number of 1001 is similar to this saddle, but the rigging and leather stamping is that of saddle number 313 and the Cantle and Cheyenne Roll closely resemble 314. The Longhorn Conchos are also specially added (#1238). [click here for catalog stock photographs]
There is no doubt that this saddle was a special order specifically designed for Gabby Hayes. The metal tag showing the Newell Saddle Shop and the address on the tag of 1906 So. 7th Street, St. Louis, MO indicates this is an early saddle, most likely a late 1930's.
Both Gabby Hayes and Roy Rogers rode Walter Newell saddles. Roy Rogers had a promotional contract with Newell Saddles and was friends with Walter Newell himself. Of course, Gabby Hayes played in more than 100 movies as sidekick to Roy Rogers. [click here for a list of George "Gabby" Hayes' film appearances and biography]. He also was often cast with John Wayne, Randolph Scott, Gene Autry, Hopalong Cassidy and many other Western film stars.
The Gabby Hayes - Newell Saddle with Danny's Hide-A-Way Memorabilia/ Item #SA404 / $6,500.
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