The plate says it was made by Hayes saddle makers in Cirencester. The leather is on the fragile side - it's covered with rain spots, and I'm not certain how well it would hold up if I started trying to dismantle or re-stitch anything - but the stirrup bars were tight, the billets and webbing seemed sound enough, and at first glance, it looked quite decent for 54 years old.
Then I looked at it from the front, and I noticed some serious crookedness:
Giving an owner the news that it's time to put the old reliable trooper out to pasture is always a touchy bit of work. Some people take it well, and some look for any way to forestall the inevitable: "I'll only use it on the old horse I've used it on for 23 years" or "I'll only use it on greenies as a breaking saddle" or "I'll only ride at the walk!" Fortunately, this customer was understanding and figured that after 54 years of service, his saddle was indeed ready to "go into the light."