Monday, July 2, 2012

Other saddles at the Old West Show & Auction

Not all the vendors at Brian Lebel's Cody Old West Show & Auction were adverse to having their items photographed.  In fact, a few--like the owner of this unique father and son saddle--went out of their way to show me their most interesting pieces.
This saddle was made by Nick Sampson of the properties department of MGM Studios in Hollywood, California and was owned by the well known actor Robert Taylor.  It is truly a one of a kind piece, both from a saddlery and star memorabilia point of view!
The same booth also contained a trio of Charro saddles.   
I was most impressed with this one.
Detail of the hand stitched decoration or piteado.  
 The thread is made from the fibers of a maguey cactus.
The third Charro saddle was tooled rather than embroidered.  I haven't seen many like this! 
Moving on to the Auction items--this pair of saddles was made in 1995 by Chas Weldon.
 Originally commissioned as a twenty fifth anniversary gift, they feature elaborate floral carving, bucking rolls and hair tipped saddle strings.
Each saddle features and loving message on the fender... 
and heart shaped conchos on the horn.  They were sold individually, but I can't help but hope they went to the same buyer! 
 Last but certainly not least, was this C.C. Cooper Western Sidesaddle.
Detail of the quilted seat.  The estimated selling price of this saddle was between $800 and $1,200.
I might have one more Old West Show & Auction post left, but for all intents and purposes, this is the final installment in the series.  Hope you've enjoyed looking at these saddles as much as I have!


  1. Whoa. there is some beautiful tack. I love the pair of western saddles, I wonder what the full story behind them is and hope they ended up together. It'd be really sad if they were seperated. The side saddle and the father-son saddle are both very interesting.

  2. Really liked the hand stitched decoration, pretty neat!