Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Briscoe saddles

The first saddle you see when you enter the Briscoe Western Art Museum's Saddle and Spur Gallery is a parade saddle once owned by Roy Rogers.
Built by John E. McCabe and J.P. Davis, this saddle is decorated with silver and gold plates.
Here's a look at the matching bridle. Gorgeous!
Just beyond that, there's a case containing Pancho Villa's last saddle.
Born José Doroteo Arango Arámbula, Pancho Villa was a Mexican revolutionary general and one of the most prominent figures of the Mexican Revolution.
This saddle was built by Joaquin Rodriguez and Alberto Tulan Cingo Marquez in the early 1920's and was given to Pancho Villa shortly before his assassination in 1923.
It's an extremely ornate saddle.
Every part of it is decorated.
Moving on... Here's something completely different.
It's a 1600's Spanish viceroy saddle.
The saddle drapes are embroidered with silk...
and decorated with iron dangles. 
This is such a cool saddle. I took a ridiculous amount of pictures of it.
These are just a few of the many wonderful saddles on display at the Briscoe Western Art Museum in downtown San Antonio, Texas. If you're in the area, it's definitely worth visiting!

1 comment:

  1. VERY cool! I don't remember if I saw this museum or not when we still lived there.

    If you'd been there in the mid-to-late 1990s, and visited the now (sadly) closed Hertzberg Circus Museum, you may have seen a display of a miniature circus chariot being pulled by a team of Hagen Renaker Shebas and Ferseyns.