A. A. Cuen Outwest Saddlery History


Alberto A. Cuen was one of three brothers, including Rafael & Perfecto, all sons of Don Ventura Cuen of Panama. It was the late 1800s when Don Ventura Cuen sold his ranch property in Panama to cattle Baron Henry Miller with the agreement that any of the Cuen sons could have lifelong jobs on the ranch if they so desired. It was Rafael who stayed on and worked the ranch as a wagon boss for 46 years in a division of Miller & Lux, although in the time the family had owned and operated the ranch they all were top hand Vaqueros and well known for their expertise. Perfecto Cuen went on to ride for Miller's 101 Wild West Shows and his fortunes away from the family ranch and Panama. A. A. Cuen went on to become a well rounded and famous saddle maker in his own right and made many saddles for the working Vaqueros on the Miller & Lux Ranches for many years. By the time Alberto A. Cuen opened his shop, the Out West Saddlery in Los Angeles, CA in the 1920s, he had a large clientele of Old Vaqueros and working Cowboys. A. A. Cuen made saddles only under the Out West Saddlery maker mark for about 15 years and after his death in the 1940s the shop remained opened for a short time ran by the Daughter of A. A. Cuen, although no saddles were produced from that shop again.

Cuen Saddlery makers mark