This should explain why I was positively giddy to see not one, not two but three Charro saddles on display at Brian Lebel's Old West Show and Auction last weekend. After all that research, it was wonderful to finally get a close up look at the real thing! Here are just a few of the many pictures I took.
This elaborately decorated modern saddle was priced at $18,000.
Saddlebags.You know, I could look at these lovely saddles all day. I think it will be a long time before I truly stop thinking about Charro saddles!
This is the second Charro saddle. Its tag read: Ultra Fancy Charro Saddle. Silver-inlay work with amazing pitiado-work. Machete, fancy headstall, breastcollar, hobbles and quirt. Ca 1940's. $5,500.
Close up of the horn.
The third Charro saddle was part of the auction. This is how it was described in the auction catalog: 1920's Mexican Saddle with Sword. Maker-marked El Caballo Mexicano Talabarteria Santos Burcon HNOS p Suarez 27, Mexico DC, very decorative Mexican saddle traditional exposed rawhide tree. Leather embroidered with floral pitiado (cactus fiber) and adorned with classic Mexican sterling repousse horn featuring the National Eagle and snake symbol, plus inlaid silver cinch rings, two-piece iron conchos and stirrups. Includes period Mexican sword and scabbard.