Phillips & Gutierrez, Cheyenne Spurs


Massive model No. 1 spurs with Cheyenne heel bands. Unmarked but showing distinctive features of the famous makers. 7/8" bands with 3 domes, 3 3/8" shanks with a single dome. The split heelbands are missing the lower tie-down buttons. 2 1/2" rowels with 20 points. The straps are period for the spurs and are mounted with early double dome conchos. Includes hard-cover reproduction catalog.

Lot 226, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Estimate $5,000-7,000.

Phillips & Gutierrez were in business in Cheyenne for a very short period of time, 1917-1918, but made quite a name for themselves, and their spurs are highly coveted. 

Visalia Stock Saddle Co. Spurs


These are Visalia's No. 81 fine California spurs with swell bands, intricate inlays and flat sided 2 1/4" shanks. The 10-point, 2" rowels have chevron chased points. Stamped inside heelband: "VISALIA STOCK SADDLE CO." Amazing condition and all original. As-new but no original finish remaining. Per Griff Durham, the leading Visalia authority, "Most Visalia iron was marked with a gang stamp, but they had so many contract makers some may not have had one provided and, as in this case, marked their work with individual letter stamps with the inevitable uneven results. Gutierrez, for example, used individual stamps for his maker's stamp, not all of the same scale in some cases.”

EX: Bill and Marilyn Lenox Collection.

Lot 156, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Estimate $6,000-8,000.

Vintage Thomas Molesworth-Style Fireplace Screen


Large fireplace screen in the style of the famous Cody, Wyoming maker, Thomas Molesworth, with a great Arizona feel. Wonderful, big old ranch-style screen with cut-out silhouettes of a cowboy roper chasing a calf through the saguaro cactus. Over five feet wide and three feet high, hand-cut and forge welded, twisted scroll braces on front. A great example of decorative folk art from the classic period of American and Western design, circa 1930s. Solid, used condition. 62" x 39".

Lot 60, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Estimate $5,000-8,000.

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.
Estimate $20,000-25,000.

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.

History of the Indian Tribes of North America


Three Volume Set of McKenney and Hall’s famous, “History of the Indian Tribes of North America”, 1855 Octavo Edition. 

“History of the Indian Tribes of North America, with Biographical Sketches and Anecdotes of the Principal Chiefs. Embellished with One Hundred and Twenty Portraits, From the Indian Gallery in the Department of War, at Washington.” By Thomas L. McKenney and James Hall. Published by D. Rice & A. N. Hart, Philadelphia. Vol. I, 1854; Vol. II, 1855; Vol. III 1855. Original brown morocco covers, gilt spines with raised bands, gilt edges. 

Lot 43, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Estimate $10,000-15,000.


CONDITION: All three volumes have extremities scuffed, text browned, occasional light finger soiling, heavy foxing, browning, edges have some water staining. Owner’s name written in ink in front. Some minor spine issues, page folding, tears, other various condition notes. We have not inspected every page or illustration, but believe the books are complete. Considering their age and use, these volumes are in very good condition. However, inasmuch as condition is a matter of opinion, we strongly recommend that anyone wishing to bid on this lot preview the volumes in person, or send a representative to do so on their behalf.

“The History of the Indian Tribes of North America, is a three-volume collection of Native American biographies and accompanying lithograph portraits originally published in the United States from 1836 to 1844 by Thomas McKenney and James Hall. The majority of the portraits were first painted in oil by artist Charles Bird King. McKenney was working as the US Superintendent of Indian Trade and would head the Office of Indian Affairs, both then within the War Department. He planned publication of the biographical project to be supported by private subscription, as was typical for publishing of the time.

Believing that Native Americans were threatened as a race, McKenney wanted to preserve a record of their leaders for government archives, as well as to share it with the American people. He commissioned Charles Bird King to paint portraits of leaders who came to Washington to negotiate treaties, and James Hall to write biographies of them. The publication project incorporated lithographs made from the paintings.”
-- excerpted from Wikipedia

Much like Curtis or Catlin, the story of the McKenney and Hall folios is fascinating: full of twists and turns, financial woes, broken partnerships and a national depression. Then, in 1865, almost all of the original portraits were destroyed in a fire at the Smithsonian. Only five were saved. The printed volumes immediately became the only pictorial and historical record of many important Indian chiefs and figures in the age before photography. The publications are considered by many to be a National Treasure.

Gene Rambo's 1948 Cheyenne Frontier Days Trophies


"All Around Cowboy Champion" Gene Rambo's Cheyenne Frontier Days 1948 Championship Trophy Saddle, Buckle and Crockett Spurs. Won by Rambo for Calf Roping. The fabulous unmarked, silver and gold buckle is unused, and is in mint condition. It has a high relief gold rope edge and flowers with red stones. 2 1/4" x 3 1/2". The spurs are classic period stainless Crockett bronc hooks, heavily polished with engraved overlay. The saddle is by Colorado Saddlery, Denver, and is tooled in a floral pattern with "Presented by Montgomery Ward" on each of the rear jockeys. The fenders are maker-marked along with "Champion Calf Roper 1948 - Cheyenne Frontier Days". The seat is quilted and is 14 1/4"; the Cheyenne roll low roping cantle is 2 1/2". The spurs and buckles, along with other trophies, have been in a showcase for decades, and are descended through the Rambo family. Included in the lot are items of Rambo ephemera, including 2 circa 1950s coloring books "World's Champion Cowboy - at the Pendleton Roundup", original pay envelope, newspaper articles and other related items.

Lot 51, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Estimate $15,000-20,000.

Gene Rambo (1920-1988) was one of America’s first great all-around Rodeo Cowboys. He was active in the International Rodeo Association in the 1940s and 1950s and won the IRA all-around cowboy season championship four times, including 1948. Rambo’s versatility was often praised, being one of the rare competitors to consistently win all three roughstock events (bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding) and all four timed events (steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping and steer roping).
In 1955, he was inducted into the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum's Rodeo Hall of Fame. The Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame inducted him in 1969. The ProRodeo Hall of Fame inducted him in 1989, and the California Rodeo Salinas Hall of Fame inducted him in 2010.


Ulysses S. Grant Peace Medal


United States of America Presidential Peace Medal struck in 1871. A Ulysses S. Grant issue, and the only medal issued by the government without the name of the President whose image is on the medal. Face: "United States of America - Liberty Justice and Equality – ‘Let Us Have Peace’ " with profile of Grant along with pipe and laurel. Obverse: "On Earth Peace - Good Will Toward Men - 1871" along with the earth, Holy Bible, farm implements, surrounded by stars. It is known that 300 Grant medals were struck by the U.S. Mint and delivered to the Indian Office in 1871; we do not know know to whom this particular medal was issued. All pure silver and 2.55" in diameter. Hole drilled into the top center. 

Lot 151, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Estimate $10,000-12,000.


Presidential Medals
During the presidency of Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809), the US government began to issue “Presidential Peace Medals”, a practice that continued through to Benjamin Harrison's presidency (1889-1893). Each of these medals featured a likeness of the then-current President.
Medals accompanied almost all formal interactions between Native Americans and the US Federal Government. Unlike the medals that came before them that were issued alongside treaties, the Presidential medals were issued to select individuals, usually leading and influential chiefs. 
Early photographic portraits of Native American Chiefs often show them wearing medals, a testament to their importance. An example of this can be seen to the left, where Chief Red Shirt sits posed, his Ulysses S. Grant medal hanging prominently around his neck and accentuated by the lighting. The medals were held in such high regard that they were often to be buried with the owner, or passed down from generation to generation.

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.
Estimate $9,000-14,000.

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.

Lakota Sioux Beaded Cradleboard


Sioux cradleboard with finely executed beadwork in two bead sizes. Main body is multi colored beads in geometric patterns, predominantly arrows on a white field. Fine rawhide fringe on the tab and opening decorated with large brass hawk bells (one missing). The bottom is extended with cotton calico and muslin. On native tanned hide with green pigment. 37" x 10" x 10". Later addition blue painted boards.

Lot 207, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Estimate $12,000-15,000.

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.
Estimate $15,000-20,000.

Two-Tone Brown Parade Saddle by Kahle & Son


Finely executed by San Diego maker, Kahle & Son. Ornate, decorative and very impressive sterling silver and gold full parade ensemble with matching bridle and martingale. The two-tone brown elegant floral tooling features a carved horse on the fender. The silver is heavy gauge with domed square and diamond conchos, silver cantle with rope edge, silver gullet and horn, plus gold horse heads and the initials "JPW" in gold on the rear of the cantle. Each piece of silver has fanciful extra flair to the edges. The 15” seat is partially quilted and there is the original, attached black and white wool corona, and cinch. Large 19” eagle bill tapaderos have an extra touch of two-tone wraps around the conchos.

Lot 88, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Estimate $20,000-30,000.

Jesus Tapia Filigreed Spurs and Bit


Extremely scarce and exquisite J. Tapia, 19th century, silver inlaid and filigreed, unmarked Southern California spurs. Wonderful flower and fish motif silver inlays are 1 3/8” at the widest point. The off-side inlays are full length, with sweeping feather engraving. Inlaid diagonal stripes across the top of the bands and along the barrel chap guards. Engraved strap buttons are plain iron. The silver inlaid swinging hangers with double chains appear all-original. The heelband ends are cut into the signature leaf design. The 2” rowels have 14 points. The unmarked, tooled straps with engraved domed and scalloped 2 ¼” conchos closely resemble the Tapia style (photos online).

The bit is also unmarked, but with the 2 1/2" scalloped concho and lower studded concho, the design and execution of the silver work is consistent with the Tapia hand. Note the bird’s beak on the lower oval. The bit is well-used and has seen repair. 

Jesus Tapia (1856-1931) and his father Jose (1831-1902) are sought after by collectors and considered some of the best makers ever. 

Lot 240, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 20, 2017, Mesa, AZ.
Estimate $30,000-$40,000.

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.
Estimate $6,000-9,000.

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.
Estimate $8,000-10,000.