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We get a lot of requests to decipher serial numbers on saddles. Here's how you can read Circle Y serial numbers. Circle Y has been manufacturing saddles for 50 years and there have been many configurations of serial numbers. The easiest to decipher are the most recent.


May 2006 to Present



In addition to the the serial number, a date code will be included on the plate, along with the long serial number, which will tell the year of manufacture and the unique number for that saddle (example 20090001- which is 2009 and 0001 the unique number for the saddle).







Seat Leather/Color Codes
Seat Size
Saddle Color
Tree Width
  • 0- Buckskin or other custom seats like ostrich
  • 1- Grainout padded
  • 2- Black suede
  • 4- Rust suede
  • 5- Toast suede
  • 6- Beige/Sand suede
  • 7- Chocolate Suede
  • 8- Apache (distressed brown)
  • 9- Hardseat
  • A- Amethyst suede
  • B- Blue
  • L- Lime Green
  • P- Pink
  • T- Turquoise
  • V- Violet
  • 30 = 13
  • 35 = 13.5
  • 40 = 14
  • 45 = 14.5
  • 50 = 15
  • 55 = 15.5"
  • 60 = 16"
  • 65 = 16.5"
  • 70 = 17"
  • 0- Dark Oil antique- DOA
  • 1- Walnut
  • 2- Ultra White
  • 4- Regular Oil
  • 5- Mahogany/Latigo/Cherrywood
  • 7- Ultra Lite
  • 8- Pecan
  • 18- Black
  • 04 = Regular bar
  • 05 = Wide bar
  • 06 = Draft



1990s to April 2006


This period of serial numbers are much like the above. Use the chart to determine tree sizes, seat sizes, and colors. There may be an extra number at the end (represented by CD). This just means that more than one of this type of saddle was made that day, so it got a unique number at the end.





Older Saddles - 1970s and 80s




These numbers vary greatly. The first three numbers could represent the style of the saddle. Beyond that, the number meanings are unclear.
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