Hamley & Company delivers quality craftsmanship and a commitment
to working cowboys and buckaroos since 1883.
Whether you're interested in our
exclusive lines including leather goods, metalwork, and custom saddles created
on site, or items of Western wear, accessories, or fine art--we have it at
Hamley & Company.
1883 to 2007
The Hamley family history goes back many generations to Cornwall England, where
the trade of saddle and leather craftsmanship had been passed down through many
generations of Hamleys. The American history of the Hamleys began in 1850 when
William Hamley moved his family from England to Ripon, Wisconsin, where he
opened a small leather goods store. William’s two sons, John James (J.J.) and
Henry Hamley set out from Wisconsin in 1883 with two railroad tickets and $10.00
in cash, bound for Ashton, South Dakota where they established Hamley and Co.
After three successful years, regional crop failures and depression forced them
to relocate and move to Kendrick, Idaho. Henry Hamley passed away in 1894. Business
was good, but a couple of major building fires left the Hamleys no choice but to
relocate. In 1905 J.J. relocated to Pendleton, Oregon and set up shop on the
Oregon Trail in the same building that exists to this day. Hamley was known as a
harness and saddle maker, but the business soon developed around its saddles and
became known throughout the west as the maker of “the finest saddles man could
OTHER SIGNIFICANT HAMLEY HISTORICAL EVENTS
1905—J.J.’s son Lester joins the firm.
1909—Lester convinces a “skeptical” J.J. to publish the first “Hamley Cowboy
Catalog”. Annual publication and distribution of the Hamley catalog continued
for 60 years and became a trusted source of quality western products for
families across America. Old Hamley catalogs are highly collectible today.
1910—The first Pendleton Round up. J.J. Hamley was instrumental in organizing
the first Round up and served as a Director for many years. Over the years
Hamley and Co. has provided over 80 Round up Trophy saddles. Many world
champions have ridden Hamley saddles.