For weekend every year, Brian Lebel's Cody Old West Show & Auction fills the Denver Merchandise Mart with all sorts of amazing, historic saddlery, including a large number of silver trimmed parade saddles.In years past, I've wandered the vendor booths with camera in hand, and no one has voiced an objection. This time, however, several vendors specifically requested that I not photograph their items. I found this rather disappointing, of course, but I respected their wishes and kept my lens cap firmly in place.
Fortunately, there were no such restrictions on the auction items. Today's post focuses on five of the parade sets that were featured in last night's auction. All information comes directly from the auction catalog.
First up is fully floral carved and sterling silver mounted parade saddle by Hollywood Saddlery. The estimated price on this was $5,000 to $8,000.
Next up is a budget friendly model (ext. $2,000-$3,000) made by Keyston Bros of San Francisco. This one features deep flower tooling in the Northern California style and sterling silver plates.
Lot #104 was a two tone brown set was by Kahle & Son of San Diego.
This was another heavily carved saddle...
which also featured an impressive amount of sterling silver trim.
It sold with a matching bridle and martingale. The estimated sales price was $20,000 to $30,000.Onto the Bohlins!
This particular saddle is the Ham Johns model and is built on a Miles City tree with a solid silver horn, fourteen inch swells and a four inch silver cantle.
The estimated selling price of this set was $25,000 to $30,000.
Here's a close up look at the bottom of the serapes--those little dangle-y bits are chain.
Last but certainly not least was this Bohlin pony saddle mounted on an English rocking horse. This would look absolutely stunning in the corner of my studio...
but with an estimated price of $15,000 to $20,000...
Well, maybe next year!