Saturday, June 23, 2012

Brian Lebel's Old West Show & Auction 2012

It's that time again...

 Every June, the Denver Merchandise Mart hosts this country's permiere Western collectibles event, Brian Lebel's Cody Old West Show & Auction.  There is no better place to view a wide variety of historic saddlery.  The offerings typically include all sorts of Western saddles,
Charro saddles, 
Native American saddles... 
and regalia, 
and, of course, lots and lots of parade saddles. 
I think I touched at least half a dozen Bohlins today! 
There were also a wide variety of other items on display.
 I even managed to find some Tiff-ilicious horse hair prison bridles.
Yep, that really is a pink and purple bridle! 
This one, which was made in Deerlodge, Montana, is a bit more subdued, but that's still pink.  
Most of the tack items at this show are way, way out of my price range.  However, I did not come home empty handed.  
As always, this was a most enjoyable way to spend the day.  I'm already looking forward to next year's show!

5 comments:

  1. I'm jealous! Nice bit of loot too ;). Isn't it awesome getting to be that close to Bohlins? Too cool :). Thanks as always for sharing!

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  2. Still love that metal horse "helmet". WIsh the friendly guy would have been available to tell us about that one!

    Fun as usual, mark me down for next year!

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  3. Aren't they fascinating?! Auction catalogs like these are the best reference. But don't forget High Noon highnoon.com which got started in 1988, before, I believe, Brian Lebel.

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  4. Re: the loot. Can you believe that everything I bought was on sale? The catalogs were marked down to $10 each and the book was a show special for $50 instead of $75. I felt extravagant buying as much as I did, but those prices were too good to pass up!

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  5. Looks like great fun!
    The Native American stuff looks amazing!

    Rosie

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