Pictured above: Don King Saddle.
Here in my workshop, I have the old Al Stohlman books on leatherworking. When I was just starting out, these were my go-to books on how to make something new. Even now I refer to them for new (well… new to me) ways of constructing projects. If you’ve read these books, then this leather case might be familiar to you:
Where To See Al Stohlman Cases and other pieces from American Leatherworking History
When I attended the leatherworking trade show in Sheridan, Wyoming in May, I was also able to take a trip to King’s Saddlery. This shop on the main street in Sheridan is famous for its high quality Kings Ropes. You can see rows and rows of them in their store.
Kings gets its name from Don King, an accomplished saddle maker, and his family who founded the store. Inside this vast store is also the Museum where I saw the work of Al Stohlman, Don King and many other talented artists. They have a vast collection of antique tools and saddles from the best western leatherworkers in the modern era.
Visiting the museum is a bit like like stepping into history. You can see how this type of leatherworking evolved and also how the tools have evolved over time. For example, I loved seeing this display of round knives and all of the various sizes and slight shape differences.
It’s hard to describe just how packed this small museum is. Nearly every square inch is covered with leatherworking examples and artifacts. There are so few places to see leatherworking history and I was thankful to have had the chance to see one of the best private museums dedicated to the subject. It’s worth checking out if you are in Sheridan.
I have stumbled upon a very detailed leather and cow hide purse. I can’t find a thing on it, but the metal loops holding together the cowhide and leather detailed strap look to be almost like sterling silver with etched designs and on back says Al Stohlman brand with a symbol looks like a 2? This purse looks very old. I just can’t find another one or even anything similar? Any ideas on this?
Allison, are you serious? Any pictures??
Yes help me figure out how to post pictures! 🙂 lol
Keep us in the loop, Allison! We’d love to know what you find out. Sounds like you may have stumbled upon a true relic!
I don’t know how to post pictures and I haven’t found anything out outside of this site. I am trying to sell but I don’t know much about it.
We just got your pictures and will be responding soon. Thanks so much for sharing these with us!
I found this at a thrift store on the back it is stamped Don King, a number, then it looks like Cullman, Al. Anybody have any ideas? Don’t know how to add a photo either. It looks like a small phone case. Thanks for any help you can on the origin.
Hi Lisa. Thanks for the update! I’d love to see the small phone case. Feel free to send us an email to email@example.com. Thanks!
My Grandmother was Ann Stohlman. Anna Catherine Lloyd. My father was her oldest son. I have countless items made by then. Silver and leather both. If interested feel free to reach out.
Hey Mike! Wow, that’s incredible. I’d love to hear more of your story. I emailed you just now. Thanks for getting in touch!
I have a Custom made saddle by Al and Ann Stohlman and it’s about 35? Plus Years old and barely used. I don’t know how to post pictures either…… curious as the best way to put it up for sale !
What a treasure! I’d check out the leatherworker.net forums and see if there’s any interest there. Good luck!