Edward Borein (1872 - 1945)


Edward Borein (1872 - 1945)
A Bucking Bronco
8 3/4" x 13 1/4" 
Signed lower right: EDWARD BOREIN.
Framed 17" x 22"
(Note: the shadows that appear on either side of our catalog image are photography shadows only, and do not appear on the actual painting, which is in excellent condition.)
From a Prominent Wyoming Collection.

Lot 139, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Sold $76,700

Important Apache Outfit Property of Asa Daklugie


Traditional, native tanned hide shirt, leggings and “cactus kicker” moccasins belonging to the Apache Chief (and Geronimo’s nephew), Asa Daklugie. The shirt features two large nickel conchos on the front, surrounded by beaded sunbursts. Beaded trim along the bottom in black, red and white, and beaded in traditional Apache black and white design at the collar and arms. Red and white circular beaded patterns on the shoulders, with nickel button accents. A striking and distinctive shirt worthy of Daklugie’s status. Condition: minor bead losses, visible in photos.

The leggings are belted style, with bead patterns down each leg in red, blue, yellow and white stripes. The circular beaded designs that appear on the shoulder of the shirt are repeated here, except in black and white, with nickel button accent. Fringe runs down the 33" length. 

The high-top, pictorial, cactus kickers are classic Apache moccasins. Red pigment on the turned up “nose” to the toe, accented by a beaded design at the top of the shoe. Pierced hide ankle ties. Beaded design crossed arrows are flanked by rows of classic Apache black and white diagonal stripes at the top of the uppers. Overall 37" long; hard soles 12" to the nose.

Included in the lot is a copy of “Indeh: An Apache Odyssey” by Eve Ball. The frontispiece for the book features a photograph of Daklugie wearing the shirt.

Lot 201, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Sold $56,050

Asa (Ace) Daklugie (1872? -1955)

Asa or Ace Daklugie was the son of Juh (pronounced, “Ho”), Chief of the Nednhi Apaches. His mother was Ishton, Geronimo’s favorite sister. He did not know the year of his birth, as “no records were kept at that time.” In his first interview with Eve Ball, he told her, “My father was a good man; he killed lots of White Eyes.” Indeed, Asa Daklugie’s father and his more-famous uncle, were among the fiercest and most revered leaders of a tribe known for its fierceness. He was Geronimo’s favorite nephew, and was chosen by Geronimo himself to be his successor. 

Daklugie served as Geronimo’s interpreter for the S.M. Barrett book, “Geronimo: His Own Story.” Despite this, he often pretended not to speak English. Once Eve Ball earned his trust (the only White Eyes to ever do so), he became the primary interview subject of her seminal work, “Indeh: An Apache Odyssey.” The book is remarkable, as was its interview subject and its author. 
Asa did in fact succeed Geronimo as leader of the Mescalero Apache. Though he passed away in 1955, he continues to be one of the most respected Apache Chiefs of all time.

“The result then is Daklugie’s book that you now hold in your hands—not his alone, of course, but largely Daklugie’s. His comments frequently are short tempered, explosive, prideful, belligerent, ironic, curt at times and again loquacious, impatient of white understandings or the lack of them, and yet always honest, often frank, and with nothing whatever subservient about them.”
         -- from the Foreword to, “Indeh: An Apache Odyssey” by Eve Ball (Foreword by Dan L. Thrapp)

Bob Tanner’s Personal Edward H. Bohlin Dickson Parade Ensemble


This fantastic Edward Bohlin saddle outfit was worn for many years in the famous Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade by the almost-as-famous, Bob Tanner. A complete set, it includes the matching bridle, Bohlin diamond bit, heavy breast collar, red corona, and wonderful serapes with a star-burst pattern around the letter “T”. The “T” is repeated on the impressive 24” tapaderos. The seat measures 15” with a rope edge cantle. The name plate on the cantle reads, “BOB TANNER / BISHOP, CALIFORNIA”, and seat plate is engraved “BOB TANNER”. The Tanners often visited with Ed Bohlin himself, and anything they needed came directly from Ed, like this custom and unique set. The set comes with 2 coronas; red and white, and yellow and white. Also included are color photocopies of two photographs: Mrs. Tanner riding the saddle in the Rose Parade; and the Tanners with Ed Bohlin and the saddle in front of Ed's shop. 

Lot 169, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Sold $47,200


Saddles from the Chladiuk Museum Collection

Old West Events is thrilled to offer four saddles from the Museum collection of Francois Chladiuk. These saddles have been part of numerous museum exhibitions, and appear in numerous publications.


Important Moran Bros. Display Saddle. A true Territorial loop seat saddle by Moran Bros. (Miles City, Montana Territory). Exhibition quality, with beautifully carved leather. Floral and vine tooled just about everywhere, with a well-outfitted cowboy with rifle tooled on one fender, and a regal Indian with bear claw necklace on the other fender. A roping cowboy is carved on the 15” seat. Every place they could tool, they did, and this magnificent showpiece is the result. Covered oxbows, and original double horsehair cinches with covered rings. Cartouche of “MORAN BRO’S / MILES CITY. M.T.” An important piece of Montana history, Buffalo Bill history, and Western collecting history. A truly special saddle.

Included with this lot is an original cabinet card photograph of the saddle, by L.A. Huffman (Miles City, Mont.), taken when the saddle was new. 

Lot 184, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Sold $22,420


Fancy Pearl Inlaid Mexican Saddle with Spurs. Stunning and fine Mexican saddle with an inlaid Mexican Eagle on the front of the apple horn. The swells feature crossed rifles and crossed sabers in mother-of-pearl. Extra-fancy silver thread embroidery, with flowers, horseshoes and horse heads. The tree is a deep mahogany wood, with 12” seat with leather pads. Extra fancy cinch. Made in Colima, the saddle belonged to a provincial governor in the time of Pancho Villa, circa 1910-20. In remarkable condition, especially considering its materials and age. 

Accompanying the saddle are fine, period-correct, silver inlaid spurs with silver thread embroidered straps. Fancy wood saddle stand included.

Lot 182, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Sold $11,210


A Fine Silver Mounted Maximilian Period Charro Saddle. Incredible silver mounted Mexican saddle, circa 1860. The huge and impressive 8 1/2" silver repousse horn with flowering basket and rope edge leads to the 12" seat and the silver bound cantle. Lion head decoration and ring holders along the side, silver covered stirrups, bindings and rigging rings. The saddle was brought to Europe by a French officer after the defeat at the Siege of Queretaro in 1867. It was this battle that ultimately led to the end of Maximilian’s rule and his life.

Lot 183, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Sold $10,620


L.D. Stone Salesman's Sample-Size Saddle. Remarkably rare (the only one we have ever seen), maker-marked salesman sample-size saddle. A true half-scale saddle, with 7 ½” seat, circa 1890. Floral and leaf tooled on jockeys, skirts, and fenders. "L.D. Stone & Co. / San Francisco" mark on each fender. Basket stamped on the front and back of the 2" cantle. The stirrup leathers are chain stamped. Sam Stagg rigging, exposed rawhide horn with red pigment, 7 1/2" lined tapaderos over leather covered stirrups. 12" braided horsehair cinch with iron rings. An amazing find on so many levels, and probably the only one in existence. Includes custom stand.

According to Francois, this saddle was displayed at the entrance to Buffalo Bill’s Wild West as an attraction for an act that featured a monkey riding a goat. It is clear from its condition that it was only used for marketing, and not for the monkey. 

Lot 185, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Sold $44,250

Duff Severe (1919-2004)


Collection of Duff Severe Salesman Sample-Size Display Saddles
Important collection of four Duff Severe salesman sample size display saddles. True half-scale saddles by the contemporary American master braider, leather tooler and saddlemaker. Four models are represented, complete with custom stands and lighted display case. All from the 1980s exhibition of the collection at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Provenance: From the Severe family.

a) Form Fitter - the classic Hamley saddle favored by rodeo cowboys. 6 3/4" seat and 2 1/4" cantle, natural rawhide braided borders and horn wrap. 7 1/2" sweeping swells, engraved silver slotted conchos. Numbered 2427 on the back of the cantle. 
b) American Bronc - oak leaf tooling, rope edged cantle and gullet, leather rosettes under the 6 strings and tooled leather covered oxbow stirrups. 7 1/2" seat and 2 1/2" cantle. Numbered 2415. 
c) Roper - black dyed rawhide borders and star designs. Rings attached with engraved silver conchos for the strings. 7 1/2" seat, low Cheyenne roll cantle. Numbered 2418. 
d) Old Mexican – two-tone saddle with floral carving in brown over a dyed red stippled background. Natural rawhide braided borders, full double rigged. Rope edges gullet and cantle. 6 1/2" seat. Numbered 2423. 

Lot 132, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Sold $26,550


Hide and Rawhide Braided Bottles/Decanters by Duff Severe

A truly unique set of 8 decorative bottles, covered in hair-on hide and braided rawhide, by the one and only, Duff Severe. 

The tooled leather title plaque inside the custom wood display case reads: "These bottles are covered with the scrotums of / each of the North American big game animals:  / Deer - Caribou - Antelope - Bighorn Sheep / Elk - Moose - Buffalo - Mt. Goat / The braiding work is genuine rawhide; hand-cut, / hand-colored, and hand-braided, requiring / over 600 hours of concentrated hand-crafting." The Severe Brothers cartouche appears on either side of the tooled plaque.
Each bottle has unique braiding patterns and colors, with dyed rawhide interwoven with natural colors. The Big Horn Sheep bottle alone has 23 separate rings of braided buttons along the body. The hair-on hides are natural. Each bottle has a leather nameplate identifying the animal; a separate leather title plate refers to them as "Liquor Decanters". The bottles range in size from 8 3/4" to 13" tall. They are in as-new condition, and have been well cared for and protected from fading or wear. Complete with their original lighted wood showcase, 16" tall x 48" wide x 12" deep, lined in cream colored leather. Glass sliding doors on the front. (images of the showcase are available online).
Provenance: From the Severe family.

Lot 133, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Sold $4,425

Duff Severe is known throughout the world as a master leather worker. He was a world renowned saddler, especially known for his work in perfecting rodeo contest Bronc Saddles. A majority of World Champions, from Casey Tibbs to the present, have ridden saddles made by Duff Severe of Pendleton, Oregon.

During World War II, Duff served in the Navy and was stationed in the San Francisco Bay area, not far from the saddle shop of Luis Ortega. Duff spent his free time watching Ortega work, then returning to the base to practice what he observed Ortega doing. In 1946, he apprenticed himself to the Hamley Saddle Company, where he spent 10 years learning his trade before going into business with his brother Bill, who had also worked at Hamley. Bill learned to build the trees, and Duff specialized in making the saddle on the tree.

Host and proprietor of the Severe Brothers "Hotel de Cowpunch" since 1948, this friend of the rodeo cowboy hosted hundreds of cowboys, from champions to rookies, at no cost, and occasionally was known to join in some good cowboy music on an old Martin guitar.

In 1982, Duff was one of the 15 original master craftsmen named National Heritage Fellows by the National Endowment for the Arts, marking him as one of "America's Living Treasures." His leather and rawhide art has been exhibited and has traveled with the Smithsonian Institution Exhibition more times than any other artist in his field.

In 1991, Duff was featured in National Geographic Magazine and TV "Explorer" articles on his life and leather achievements.

In 1992, Duff was inducted into the Pendleton Round-Up Hall of Fame. His efforts and influence on behalf of cowboys and rodeo, as well as many years dedication to producing fine trophy saddles, inspired this honor.

Duff Severe passed away in 2004 at the age of 84. He received a National Heritage Award for his unique artistry in making utilitarian and miniature saddles. He and his brother Bill both have saddles in the Smithsonian Institution’s collection; and both passed on the tradition and their skills to their sons and nephews who now run the saddlery.

Sources: www.severebrothers.com; www.rexburgstandardjournal.com; www.arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/duff-severe

If you are interested in Duff Severe and his work, there are a number of great resources on the Internet. Of particular interest is the website for the Master of Traditional Arts, which focuses on the work of recipients of the National Heritage Fellowship: www.mastersoftraditionalarts.org. Included in their profile of Duff Severe are wonderful sound recordings of Duff, both interviews and speeches, in which he discusses his life and his craft. 

"Gunsmoke" Colt Single Action


Colt Single Action used by James Arness in the award winning television series, “Gunsmoke”. What TV Colt revolver could be more iconic than Marshal Matt Dillon's? We can't think of one, and this one was well-used by Arness.

Frame is *S/N 317234, .45 Long Colt caliber, 7 1/2 inch barrel. It would have been originally blued and case color finish. Ultra stag 2-piece grips. Condition: good bore, scattered light oxidation, complete refinish, mechanically very good, grips are excellent. As with a lot of the Stembridge guns the numbers do not match. The backstrap and trigger guard are #184405.

Lot 250, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Sold $24,780

Three Masterfully Crafted Roy Luttrell Miniature Wagons


A scale copy of Buffalo Bill's Deadwood Stagecoach, by miniature master, Roy Luttrell. Highly detailed with all the accessories, functioning doors and rear boot. A very exacting presentation, painted with an antique look to match the original, with "Deadwood Stage Line" across the top span. 22" body and 34" long overall. 10" wide, and 15" tall with the luggage, which includes steamer trunks and a carpet bag. A fine and accurate example. 

Lot 16, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Sold $21,240


Miniature U.S. Marshal's Jail Transport Wagon, crafted by the master Roy Luttrell. Definitely does justice to what the original full size wagon would look like, complete with wanted posters (including one for the Sundance Kid), lanterns, wooden bars and exacting details. 20" long body and 36" overall; 14" tall and 10 1/2" wide. A great miniature with a ton of character. 

Lot 17, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Sold $18,880


Miniature U.S. Marshal's Jail Transport Wagon, crafted by the master Roy Luttrell. Definitely does justice to what the original full size wagon would look like, complete with wanted posters (including one for the Sundance Kid), lanterns, wooden bars and exacting details. 20" long body and 36" overall; 14" tall and 10 1/2" wide. A great miniature with a ton of character. 

Lot 18, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Sold $20,060

Engraved Winchester Model 1866 SRC


S/N 149940, .44 c.f. caliber, 20 inch barrel, 4th model saddle ring carbine. Receiver is smooth aged brass color with excellent geometric and scroll engraving (see example on page 118 in Madis book), small, neat “LDN” on bottom of frame. The carbine wood with brass butt plate is deep, almost red walnut. Circa 1878. Condition: bore is very good with scattered black powder oxidation, barrel and tube are mottled plum with shades of silver coming through. The receiver is just the right color, and the wood is sound with scattered use dings, the worst being a “dent” on left of fore arm. Action is smooth, and markings are excellent.

Lot 214, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Sold $18,880


"Nome" Gold Nugget Chain with 14K Gold Watch


Magnificent gold pocket watch with gold nugget chain. Hunter cased sized 18, 15 jewel, lever set, adjusted, full plate.  Case features a marvelous rose gold train engine with diamond lights, coming out of a tunnel on a diamond track. Yellow and green gold floral and leaf design beneath. Reverse of case has fancy rose gold monogram plate with initials “MP” (or PM). Face has roman numerals for hours and numbers to mark the minutes, with a second-hand inset. Face marked: "Hampden Watch Co."  Works marked "Railway - Canton, Ohio" 605470. Case marked "ROY / Warranted / 14K / U.S. Assay / 87763”. Circa 1888-89.

Watch is attached to a gold nugget chain with 16 nuggets of varying sizes, along with button hole bar covered in small nuggets. The final and largest nugget features a gold shovel and pick with “NOME” marking. Button hole bar is 1 7/8" with back marked “S.H. / Nome / 14K”. We have not weighed the nugget chain, however the consignor states the weight is 2.75 ounces of nuggets.

Lot 181, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Sold $17,700

Glass Panel Cowgirl Etching


Art Deco period decorative glass panel of a nude cowgirl. Used as a divider in The Bank Club in downtown Reno, which was once the largest casino in Nevada. Quality, heavy glass (7/8") etched from the reverse, with beveled edge, artist mark lower right, 39" x 12".

The photograph shows the casino floor of the Reno Bank Club in the 1930s. You can see the columns are fitted with panels of etched glass depicting regionally specific western scenes, and illuminated from within. This panel would have been similarly displayed.

Lot 299, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Sold $14,160

L.D. Stone & Co. San Francisco Spurs


A stunningly intricate pair of California target pattern spurs. The condition is truly amazing, they appear unused with some original bluing remaining, and the mark is clean and sharp. The 3/4 drop shanks hold 1 5/8" rowels with chased chevrons. The original double heel chains are attached on hand-cut hangers. Stamped deeply inside heelband on each spur: "L.D. STONE & Co. / SAN FRANCISCO". The engraving is crisp and of the highest quality. The attached straps are border tooled with scalloped edges and have bucking horse conchos. One of the best examples of Stone spurs we’ve seen.
EX: Bill and Marilyn Lenox Collection.

Lot 155, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Sold $12,980

19th Century Carved Wood Calliope Figure


Fabulous, circa 1880s, American mechanical cowgirl styled figure. She is most likely a circus or Wild West wagon calliope. The movable bellows-operated arm beats a cymbal or drum. A great and attractive piece of Americana, with original polychrome paint. The patina is truly beautiful and compliments the quality of the carving. Added stand for display is removable. Cowgirl figure is 25” tall; with stand 40" tall overall.

Lot 19, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Sold $11,800

Edward H. Bohlin Parade Spurs and Boots


A very special parade set. The spurs, straps, buckles and heel caps are marked Bohlinmade. Highly engraved sterling in the Hollywood style. The spurs are stamped Crockett, but are clearly mounted by Bohlin. They have 2 1/2” webbed rowels on arrow shanks and 1 1/4” tapered bands. The straps feature large 1 3/4” sterling conchos and marked three-piece buckle sets. The boots are black with white inlays, square toes, and measure 9 3/4” from toe to heel. Circa 1930s or early 40s. 

Spurs pictured: James H. Nottage's "Saddlemaker to the Stars (1996)  -- The Leather and Silver Art of Edward H. Bohlin", Pg. 136.

Lot 97, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Estimate $11,800.

Tom Qualey Spurs


A fabulous pair of 100% original Tom Qualey spurs, purchased directly from Tom by the consignor's father in the 1950s (his initials, “KAB” are stamped on the off-side). A large and impressive pair, they have 30-point rowels and "Qualey" inscribed in script on the inside of the heel band. Split heelbands with double buttons, splayed shank ends and fully engraved on one side, half on the other. Rare and highly collectible.

Lot 231, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Sold $9,440

Tom Qualey (1904-1977)
Knut Qualey came from Norway as a blacksmith in 1900 to live in Idaho. He homesteaded a ranch on Joseph Plains, Idaho, and raised his nine children after his wife died in 1915. His sons Jens, Tom, Nels and Olaf would reshape old farm tools or wagon wheel rims into bits and spurs, with Tom being the most talented. In 1920, Tom and Nels began making bits and spurs in their spare time at the ranch, marking them “Qualey Bros.” In 1942 the ranch was sold and Nels stopped silversmithing.
Beginning in 1944, Tom, working solo, made pieces marking them “Qualey”. Most of these were sold by either Ray Holes or through Miller Hardware in Grangeville. Tom was a master engraver, who, according to saddle maker Ray Holes, was unequaled in his ability to do precision engraving, using only a forge, hammer, hacksaw and file.

Monte Hale's Colt Single Action


*S/N 297571 4 1/2" barrel, .45 caliber Colt Single Action. One of Monte's personal studio revolvers. Fully refinished in nickel and gold wash, mounted with plastic faux stag grips. The matching gun is in the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles. Monte Hale (1919-2009) was known as "The Last of the Singing Cowboys."
Provenance: Boyd Magers Collection.
* $100 FFL fee will be added to this purchase. All sales of firearms will be in accordance with Federal and State guidelines. All post-1898 firearms are subject to applicable ordinances and laws, and must be purchased in compliance with Federal and State law.

Lot 249, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Sold $9,440

Karl's / Don Ellis "Palomino" Buckle and Belt


A beautiful and striking buckle in sterling and three-color 14K gold. Hand engraved by Don Ellis and mounted with a gold horse. The top edge of the buckle is mounted with gold flowers. Double marked with the “Karl's / Seattle / Sterling /14K” mark. 2 1/4" x 3 1/2". The belt is an impressive diamond supreme style with alternating gold and silver diamonds. 1 1/2" wide; 42" from the clip point to end of the leather, appears to fit approximately a 34" to 36" waist. 

Provenance: Includes letter from Dick Ellis, son of Don.

Lot 83, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Sold $8,850

Terri Kelly Moyers (b. 1953)


Her Favorite
Oil on canvas
40" x 50"
Signed lower left: Terri Kelly Moyers (c) / 2003
Framed to 51 1/2" x 61 1/2"

Lot 145, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Sold $8,260

Terri Kelly Moyers (b. 1953)
Whether painting a portrait or a landscape or a cowgirl riding a horse, Terri Kelly Moyer's subjects are things that are beautiful and that move her. “I want to share what I see with other people and help them have the same pleasure I have. Each artist interprets and edits things in a different way, infusing his or her work with a different quality or emotion.” Moyer's favorite subject is the American cowgirl. “I enjoy painting women,” she says. “I feel women had a major role to play in the West, and maybe that hasn’t been recognized as much as it could be.” Terri was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 2015.

Central Plains Beaded Rifle Scabbard


Native tanned hide, beaded and fringed gun sheath. Remnants of red wool trade cloth decoration. Beaded in cobalt, pale blue, white, yellow and white-heart red, with panels at muzzle and beaded strips with yellow ochre on hide at the throat. 47" long; 17" longest fringe. Circa last quarter 19th century.
Provenance: Sotheby's Parke-Bernet auction, 1970s, tag attached.

Lot 199, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Sold $3,540