Lot number 210 at Brian Lebel's Old Western Show and Auction consisted of four Mexican saddles.
The first was an unmarked 1940's era Western saddle. As it was a fairly normal looking piece, I didn't feel the need to take a picture of it. The second saddle was built on a Mexican tree for Joe C. Lamprey of the Neucha Co. of Colorado. It featured Peruvian leatherwork.Next up was this half seat saddle with exposed full double rigging and skeleton style stirrup leathers.
Most interesting (at least to me!) was the fourth saddle.
This classic styled Charro saddle featured black and red wool decorations and attached saddle bags.
A detail shot of the horn...
and horn cap!
And just for grins, here's a look at a Mexican bridle that was for sale in a booth on the trade show floor.
Detail of the stitching (pitiado). The thread is made from yucca fiber and the conchos feature inlaid silver.
Worth noting--saddles sold for $1,600 and the bridle was priced at $3,000. Bigger isn't always better, and as usual, the difference is in the details!