Since its move to the Denver Merchandise Mart in 2009, Brian Lebel’s Cody Old West Show & Auction has become one of the highlights of my summer schedule.It is impossible to overstate the sheer wealth of riches on display at this show. Truly there is something for everyone with offerings that include all kinds of Western memorabilia from vintage movie posters,
to retro cowboy boots,
a full set of first edition books by Will James,
some of which were autographed,
and a guitar that was custom made for Dale Evans,There were no Breyers to be found...
but Teresa and I did sniff out a few interesting horse shaped objects.
We also found this beautiful china bull...
and a tee pee that reminded both of us of Lu Heater!
Of course there was also a lot of tack horse equipment, including bits both new...
all kinds of spurs,
too many hitched horse hair prison bridles to count,
and a $95,000 Heiser-Keyston parade saddle.
Some of the booths were mini museums with beautiful, well thought out displays.
Others were more reminiscent of a wonderfully jumbled attic.Sawbuck pack saddles were utilized in all sorts of creative ways to display everything from firearms...
I'm always partial to things that come with a story. This old saddle would have been photo worthy all by itself...
but the documentation makes it so much more interesting.
Of course not all documentation is created equal...
Still, I think I love this tag even more than I love the old saddle bags it describes!
I will start posting details pictures of some of the better auction pieces later this week. In the meantime, here's a teaser for all the tack lovers!
Next year's edition of the Old West Show is scheduled for June 22-24. Model tackmakers, mark your calendars! This event is worth the trip and I'd be happy to play host for the weekend.