James Cox Saddlery began in 1945 when James D. Cox was the manager of Comer and         
Jordan Livestock Company in Springdale, Ohio.  James traveled extensively buying and selling
horses and livestock all over the country for that auction.  He used to buy stock sight unseen, and
have it delivered by rail car to the Glendale Station.  He would go and inspect the herd, and have
them off loaded onto trucks there and brought to the sale barn.  He sold one of the horses to
Hollywood, that was used in making the movie Frisco Kid!  He eventually ventured into the
equipment for horses and livestock which included harness and saddlery.  The sale barn was
struck by a fire and never re-built and at that time, so James started going to London, Kentucky
almost every week.  He bought and sold livestock there, and harness and tack.  Our farm on Boyle
Road had seen as many as 30,000 head of cattle moved through there in a years time.  The
saddlery market was strong at that time, so the livestock barn was converted into its present day
saddle shop.  His sons, Charles and Del got into the business and they started a retail and
wholesale operation there, and eventually started a contract manufacturing business for many of
their products.  Debbie Cox, Del's daughter joined the company and worked in the retail operation
and did much of the accounting and replaced her mother from doing so, since she was busy with
raising her son, Jimmy.  Eventually Jimmy, joined the company in 1987 and James Cox Saddlery
ventured into manufacturing its own products in 1991.  They started manufacturing saddle pads, as
well as importing of bits, and spurs.  Charles Cox was instrumental in getting us into importing items
that we could no longer get here in the USA.

They developed many saddle brands such as Circle 'C' and resurrected the Big 'W' Western
Saddlery Brand, Buford Saddlery, and Monterrey Makers Brand.  

Jimmy, goes by James today and in 1997 he started a small leather operation called Western Hide
and Tanning Company.  Mainly to tan deer hides and buy and sell leather job lots, etc.  He started
working closely with Caldwell/Moser and bought harness and latigo from them, and distributed
much of their leather.  Large quantities of leather were sold in Tennessee to many of the saddle
companies that he was already doing business with.  James was in a unique position as he could
trade leather for finished products, and run them through the distribution business, as well as
auctions that the company participated in.  Auctions were a whole new venue of clients to sell to,
besides stores. In those days you could get more money at auctions, than you could regularly
wholesale something directly to dealers at the saddle shops.  Eventually James took the wholesale
and manufacturing business, and split from the retail operation in 2002.  This is when
Caldwell/Moser shut down, and James bought the trade name and recipes for Moser, as well as
some of the equipment and chemicals, etc.  The new Moser set up shop with some existing
tanneries here in the states to custom tan for them, as well as some tanneries in Mexico that
tanned on U.S. hides provided by James.  Leather was tanned in Mexico, and brought back here
and finished in the same dipping tanks that came out of the old tannery, to make harness and
latigo leathers.  Extra large Bulls and Steers are the niche that Moser has filled.  This leather is
used for harness as well as saddles.  We hot stuff and dip latigo and harness leather at our
operation in Hamilton, and are only one of 4 companies that are doing this in the United States.  
Our leather has been compared to the best Old Style Harness Leathers that are being produced in
the U.S. Market place.  We are also specializing in double shoulders... something that is not being
produced here in the USA on a continuing basis.  Our leathers sell as fast as we can produce
them.  We have strict guidelines that our tanneries and our employees must follow, to bring you the
best products that we can, for a reasonable price.  We have always told our employees that we are
only as good as the last shipment that we sent out.  In other words, if we cut corners on anything, it
could be the last time we sell someone.  So we always are on guard to put the best effort we can, to
continually make a good product for our customers.  No orders are too small.  We appreciate
everyone's business.

We did have a setback with 9/11, and the subsequent real estate collapse in 2006-2008.  Big 'W',
and Circle 'C' Brands were eventually sold to other companies in an effort to downsize in 2008, and
concentrate on our core products of leather.  We sold our 10,500 square foot building in Hamilton,
and have been working out of two smaller warehouse and manufacturing facilities.  Debbie Cox
Earls, owns the retail location, and still has saddles under the Diamond 'C' brand which she
created.  

The economy improved somewhat, and in 2011, we not only own Monterrey Makers Saddle Brand,
but have recently purchased Paul Lamb Saddle Brand of Bowling Green, Ky, Southern Saddlery,
Bonny Oaks Saddlery, and are working to bring back Big W Saddles once again... solely made in
the USA.  We downsized to upsize!  We are currently planning on building a new larger building to
consolidate all warehouse and manufacturing under one roof.

We still have our leather lines, and represent Wickett and Craig, Auburn Leather, Newman Leather,
and many others, and are still making finished products which now include belts and dog collars.  

We are focusing on our best sellers, and venturing into new markets.  Sometimes it is good to
change it up, and you never seem to take the time to do this, until you are forced to.  

**I think our government needs to be responsible for their fiscal needs, just like we as business
owners have to stay on top of things.  If our government ran itself like a business, then maybe our
country would not have fallen so far.  I feel our government can do better to help manufacturers
stay in the United States with tax incentives to companies that keep at least 51% of their
manufacturing base here in the United States.  Importing is a necessary thing for some parts, or
items, but should only be used when necessary, and to supplement what companies are still doing
here in the United States.  This is our philosophy, and we are trying to keep as many people
working here in the U.S. as possible.  Please help us do so, by placing an order today!!!

Stay tuned to our web site for upcoming auctions and trade shows that we sponsor, as well as new
product information.  Also read the auction caption about what we can do for you in the way of
making old store stock find a new home.   

Take the tannery tour for inside pictures.  We have explained both the tannery processes, and also
part of what happened to bring the tannery to its current state in that section of the tour. We also
have a link on the Home page that actually shows a 'YouTube' movie on tanning.  This is really
interesting and shows the hard work, that goes into producing leather. The Tannery Tour is a
pictorial view of the old tannery buildings in New Albany, as they are today.  Part of the tan yard
buildings have collapsed due to a fire and heavy snow.  They will not be re-built, because of future
development plans.  We have included all these pictures in the site, as a tribute to all the people
who have worked at the tannery over the years and made the name 'Moser Leather' what it is
today.  The site is presently being considered for development for Loft Condominiums by A.W.
Goodman and Associates, who purchased the property when the New Albany site shut down.  Al
wants to preserve the 3 story part of the building, because of its unique architecture design, and
for what it brings to the community. The history and story, that it has to tell.  Other uses for the site,
have been a walking path/trail through the natural wetlands habitat. There is 47 acres by the river,
that was developed in cooperation with Al Goodman and a conservation group.  This is called the
'Wetlands'.  Other ideas are under development, so stay posted.   Please hit the Back Button on
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Brief History of Moser
Leather - Moser was
founded in 1878 by
George Moser who
immigrated to the
United States from
Germany sometime in
the 1860's. He came to
New Albany, Indiana
and stayed with his
brother who ran a
tailoring business there
and went to work for
August Barth who
owned Barth's Tannery
on East Tenth Street
which is just down the
river from the current
tannery location.  Barth
was established in
1864.  After working for
Barth for 10 years,
Moser purchased the
Lockwood Brothers
tannery at 272-278
East Eight Street in
1878.  He enlarged and
improved it and went
into business for
himself.  In July of 1891
John M. Moser came
into the firm as a
partner, he was
George's nephew and
they changed the name
to George Moser &
Company.  By 1902 the
company employed 35
men and sold its
products to jobbers
across the country and
was handling about
15,000 medium weight
hides per year.  Moser
specialized in high
grade leather for
harness and collar
makers, the company
marketed its product as
Hemlock Collar
Leather.  In 1900
Charles E. Moser
assumed his brother
John's interest in
George Moser &
Company.  In 1905
George opened an
additional plant, which
he name the Indiana
Leather Company, on
Silver Street, south of
the PA Railroad.  Fire
destroyed the East
Eighth Street tannery in
1914.  George died the
same year, and his
heirs renamed the
remaining Indiana
Leather Company the
George Moser Leather
Company.  Eventually
George's son's -
George Jr, Julius, and
Karl joined the
company, but it was
George's partner (and
nephew), Charles
Moser who assumed
presidency.  By 1936
the company covered
nearly eight acres and
employed approx. 100
workers and was a
wholesale leather
manufacturer, tanning
hides purchased by the
carload and converting
them into leather for
shoes, belts, or
saddles. In the 1980's
the company bought
Caldwell Leather Co. of
Auburn, Ky which was
founded in 1863 by
George Washington
Caldwell and became
Caldwell/Moser Leather
Co. - Caldwell a Shoe
Lace Tanner and part
of Brown Group of St.
Louis had just shut
down their tannery and
Moser bought them out.
Some info
courtesy of
Historical article
internet blog
History of James Cox Saddlery and subsequent purchase of Moser to present date...listed below.