The history of B.T. Crump co. Manufacturing is one of America’s early success stories. Started in the late 1920s Crump grew to be the Nation’s largest manufacturer, distributor and importer of saddlery, racing harnesses and other leather goods. Crump historically provided former President Ronald Reagan, his wife and their security detail with saddles in the 1980s. In 1968 B.T. Crump was purchased by Thomas Matthews and a partner; Matthews started at Crump in 1932 as a shipping clerk and worked his way up to Executive Vice President in 1966. Matthews sold Crump in 1986 to American Saddlery and, unfortunately, the high quality and craftsmanship has all but disappeared. The original Crump was on the same quality level as Stubben and Crosby, and the original B.T. Crump saddles from this era are sought after by traditional English riders. This lovely saddle was made in England of soft chestnut leather with a stitched knee roll in front, forward flap with a square cantle, narrow twist with a wide seat, close contact, wool panel, 3 billets, excellent condition with just normal wear on the leather. C 1980s, seat measures 17 inches and flap measures 13 inches tall x 12 inches wide, appears to be a wide tree but not marked or the marking has been rubbed off. The panels under the tree points at the front of the saddle measures 4 inches wide at top by the point of the withers to 8 inches wide at the tree point ends.