Fred Harman (1902 - 1982)

Fine works by Harman; from Red Ryder to the American West.
Auction date: June 10, 2017.

Lot 168, Fred Harman, "Burning Hair and Sweat", Oil on canvas, 20" x 30". Est. $5,000-7,000.

Lot 168, Fred Harman, "Burning Hair and Sweat", Oil on canvas, 20" x 30".
Est. $5,000-7,000.

Lot 164, Fred Harman, Red Ryder Illustration, Watercolor & ink, 12 1/2" x 21" Provenance: From the Estate of Snuff Garrett. Est. $2,000-3,000.

Lot 164, Fred Harman, Red Ryder Illustration, Watercolor & ink, 12 1/2" x 21"
Provenance: From the Estate of Snuff Garrett.
Est. $2,000-3,000.

Lot 169, Fred Harman, The Pride of Texas, Oil on canvas, 24" x 36".  Literature: The Cowboy in Art, by Ed Ainsworth, pictured on page 132. Book included. The Great West in Paintings,  by Fred Harman, 1969, pictured on page 140. Fred Harman. Provenance: From the Estate of Snuff Garrett. Est. $2,000-3,000.

Lot 169, Fred Harman, The Pride of Texas, Oil on canvas, 24" x 36". 
Literature: The Cowboy in Art, by Ed Ainsworth, pictured on page 132. Book included.
The Great West in Paintings,  by Fred Harman, 1969, pictured on page 140. Fred Harman.
Provenance: From the Estate of Snuff Garrett.
Est. $2,000-3,000.

Remington 1861 with Bob Younger History

A rare Remington Model 1861, (Eliot's Patent) Navy Percussion Revolver with Possible Younger Brothers History. Includes Bob Younger cabinet card. 

S/N 15395, 7 3/8" barrel, shipped 1862; known as the "Old Model Navy". A very interesting revolver with field repair and notable Remington factory features. The barrel bears the correct 2-line Beals Patent address. The trigger guard is brass and is mounted with 2-piece walnut grips. 

The cylinder pin of this particular model was unusual for a Remington percussion revolver in that the pin is not retained by the loading lever but instead is allowed to slide in a groove between loading lever and barrel. This was Eliot’s design, with the idea of a more rapid reloading. The design was faulty however, and Remington quickly designed a “screw fix” for the problem. This particular revolver was not outfitted with this Remington retrofit, but rather was “field repaired,” which would likely have been accomplished by a gunsmith. It has been suggested that it is this repair that Younger refers to in the account, “The Story of Cole Younger.”

Inside the left grip is scratched, "B YOUNGER / 1867 / L.S. Mo." Inside the right grip is scratched with the date "1867" and "Lee Sumit Mo." [sic] Included in the lot is a handwritten and signed letter from Charles B. Layson dated 1/13/1997, on his letterhead, that reads: “The Remington “Beals” Navy .36 revolver, serial # 15395 that I recently sold to Ted Bell, was purchased by me from an individual that came to our store with several family guns to sell, on or about July 15, 1996. Not until our gunsmith removed the grips while cleaning the gun, did he see the marking, BOB YOUNGER 1867. The seller had not mentioned this marking, and apparently had no knowledge of its existence.” 

Also included is a letter summarizing a scientific analysis of the grips performed by McCrone Associates, Inc. dated June of 2000. The letter details the results of the analysis, but ultimately cannot ascribe a date to them, or the interior grip inscription. It does, however, seem to indicate that the inscription had been there for at least some period of time.

The lot is accompanied by a period lithograph cabinet card of Bob Younger.

Lot 258, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - June 10, 2017, Fort Worth.
Est. $8,000-12,000.

Stunning Edward H. Bohlin Texas Sesquicentennial Spurs

Created in the mid-1980s by then-owner of the Bohlin Company, Danny Lang, this striking and impressive pair of one-of-a-kind, double-mounted, intricately engraved parade spurs overlaid in sterling and three-color 18K gold, was designed to celebrate the 1986 Texas Sesquicentennial. The pair has the trademark cookie-cutter rowels inset with engraved sterling washers, jinglebobs secured by silver spots, and four upturned buttons mounted with gold hearts. The off-side features raised gold longhorns and trumpets “TEXAS” down the shank, while the front is adorned with a bold and golden, heavy gauge 5-pointed star, the Sesquicentennial dates of “1836-1986” and Danny Lang’s “DL” initials. The fully floral tooled, laced and lined black two-piece spur straps are decorated with sterling stars and feature 3-piece engraved silver buckle sets. Outstanding, unused condition.
PICTURED: Page 41 of the 1980s, #15 Edward H. Bohlin Company Catalog
EX: Harry Hudson Collection.

Lot 97, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - June 10, 2017, Fort Worth.
Est. $16,000-20,000.

Bob Boone "Brazos" Spurs

A well-known and highly sought-after pair of Bob Boone “Brazos” spurs, these exciting Texas spurs are featured on the cover of “Cowboy Spurs and Their Makers” by Jane Pattie. The silver plate on the band is engraved “BRAZOS”, with silver overlaid buttons on the iron side. Crescent moons and 10-point rowels. The chasing and file work is some of Boone’s best. Circa 1940s.

EX: O.R. Huff Collection; 
EX: Bill and Marilyn Lenox Collection.

Literature: Pictured cover and page 77 of “Cowboy Spurs and Their Makers” by Jane Pattie.

Lot 323, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - June 10, 2017, Fort Worth.
Est. $20,000-25,000.

R.F. Tackabery Mother Hubbard Saddle

Extremely rare Mother Hubbard style saddle by very scarce Texas maker, Tackabery. Marked in several places with large clear oval cartouche, "R. F. TACKABERY / MAKER / FT. WORTH TEX." All the pieces are here but the fenders; the saddle needs restoration but is worth the effort. An important piece of Texas history.

Robert F. Tackabery was one of the early pioneering Texans to open a saddle shop in Fort Worth, Texas as early as the 1850s.

Lot 162, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - June 10, 2017, Fort Worth.
Est. $3,500-4,500.

Nine Impressive Beaded Dolls

From the collection of Bill and Marilyn Lenox. June 10, 2017 Auction.

Lot 230: Plains Beaded Doll, est. $6,000-7,000; Lot 231: Beaded Sioux Male Doll, est. $4,500-5,500; Lot 232: Sioux Beaded Doll, est. $2,000-2,500.

Lot 230: Plains Beaded Doll, est. $6,000-7,000; Lot 231: Beaded Sioux Male Doll, est. $4,500-5,500; Lot 232: Sioux Beaded Doll, est. $2,000-2,500.

Lot 233: Lakota Beaded Doll, est. $1,200-1,600; Lot 234: Cheyenne / Arapaho Beaded Doll, est. $1,200-1,600; Lot 235: Cheyenne Beaded Male Doll, est. $1,200-1,800.

Lot 233: Lakota Beaded Doll, est. $1,200-1,600; Lot 234: Cheyenne / Arapaho Beaded Doll, est. $1,200-1,600; Lot 235: Cheyenne Beaded Male Doll, est. $1,200-1,800.

Lot 236: Plains Beaded Doll, est. $800-1,200; Lot 237: Northern Plains Beaded Doll, est. $800-1,400; Lot 238: Early Plains Indian Beaded Doll, est. $500-800.

Lot 236: Plains Beaded Doll, est. $800-1,200; Lot 237: Northern Plains Beaded Doll, est. $800-1,400; Lot 238: Early Plains Indian Beaded Doll, est. $500-800.

Important Qualey Bros. Spurs

Important Qualey Bros Marked 1930s Presentation Cowgirl Spurs

Highly coveted and extremely rare Tom (1904-1977) & Nels (1903-1972) Qualey silver mounted cowgirl presentation spurs with block "Qualey Bros." inside maker-mark and the initials “HEM” engraved on the outside of each heelband for Hazel E. McLaughlin. Spurs are fitted with the original (circa 1936) fully floral carved Ray Holes 2-piece leathers. The Ray Holes Saddle Co was a popular fixture in Grangeville, Idaho, and Ray was a big booster of the Qualey Brothers. Eventually, Tom went to work for Holes for 29 years, spanning four decades (1948-1977).  Spurs are in outstanding condition, straps show some age cracking.
Attached tag reads, "Presented by Bill Wright to Hazel McLaughlin (HEM) in 1936."

EX: Brad Watts Collection  

Lot 288, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - June 10, 2017, Fort Worth.
Est. $20,000-25,000.

 

The Qualey Brothers
 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 and marked them, “Qualey”. Most of these were sold by either Ray Holes or through Miller Hardware in Grangeville, Idaho. 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. 

Five Luis B. Ortega Lots

June 10, 2017 auction lots.

Lot 144: Luis B. Ortega Quirt & Hobbles, est. $3,000-4,000; Lot 145: Luis B. Ortega Rawhide Quirt, est. $2,500-3,500; Lot 146: Luis B. Ortega Rawhide Quirt, est. $1,500-2,000; Lot 147: Luis B. Ortega Bosal with Blind Bob Mecate, est. $1,200-1,800; Lot 148: Two Books by Luis B. Ortega, est. $1,200-1,600.

Buckles, Buckles, Buckles!

The June 10, 2017 auction has a stunning array of Bohlin and Hudson buckles. Men's, women's, trophy buckles, ranger sets...we've got you covered!

Lot 72: Edward H. Bohlin "Snuff" Buckle Set, est. $1,200-1,600 Provenance: From the Estate of Snuff Garrett.

Lot 72: Edward H. Bohlin "Snuff" Buckle Set, est. $1,200-1,600
Provenance: From the Estate of Snuff Garrett.

Lot 78: Edward H. Bohlin Bighorn Sheep Trophy Buckle, est. $4,500-6,500 EX: Harry Hudson Collection.

Lot 78: Edward H. Bohlin Bighorn Sheep Trophy Buckle, est. $4,500-6,500
EX: Harry Hudson Collection.

Lot 82: Edward H. Bohlin Fancy "SG" Buckle with Belt, est. $3,000-3,500 Provenance: From the Estate of Snuff Garrett.

Lot 82: Edward H. Bohlin Fancy "SG" Buckle with Belt, est. $3,000-3,500
Provenance: From the Estate of Snuff Garrett.

Lot 84: Unique Solid 18k Gold Filigreed 4-piece Buckle Set on Elegant Gator Belt, est. $14,000-18,000 EX: Harry Hudson Collection.

Lot 84: Unique Solid 18k Gold Filigreed 4-piece Buckle Set on Elegant Gator Belt, est. $14,000-18,000
EX: Harry Hudson Collection.

Lot 86: 18K Gold Edward H. Bohlin Buckle Set with Rubies, and Exotic Belts with Extra Tips, est. $7,000-9,000 Provenance: From the Estate of Snuff Garrett

Lot 86: 18K Gold Edward H. Bohlin Buckle Set with Rubies, and Exotic Belts with Extra Tips, est. $7,000-9,000
Provenance: From the Estate of Snuff Garrett

Lot 88: Edward H. Bohlin Silver and Jeweled Buckle Set, Est. $7,500-8,500 EX: Harry Hudson Collection

Lot 88: Edward H. Bohlin Silver and Jeweled Buckle Set, Est. $7,500-8,500
EX: Harry Hudson Collection

Lot 90: Edward H. Bohlin Bronc Rider Trophy Buckle, est. $8,000-10,000 EX: Harry Hudson Collection

Lot 90: Edward H. Bohlin Bronc Rider Trophy Buckle, est. $8,000-10,000
EX: Harry Hudson Collection

Lot 92: Edward H. Bohlin Boxing Trophy Buckle, est. $6,000-9,000 EX: Harry Hudson Collection

Lot 92: Edward H. Bohlin Boxing Trophy Buckle, est. $6,000-9,000
EX: Harry Hudson Collection

Lot 73: Edward H. Bohlin Cheyenne 3-piece Buckle Set with Two Belts, est. $1,200-1,600 Provenance: From the Estate of Snuff Garrett.

Lot 73: Edward H. Bohlin Cheyenne 3-piece Buckle Set with Two Belts, est. $1,200-1,600
Provenance: From the Estate of Snuff Garrett.

Lot 80: Edward H. Bohlin Buckle Set with Ladies Belt, Est. $4,500-5,500 EX: Harry Hudson Collection.

Lot 80: Edward H. Bohlin Buckle Set with Ladies Belt, Est. $4,500-5,500
EX: Harry Hudson Collection.

Lot 81: Edward H. Bohlin 3-piece Buckle Set, est. $4,000-5,000. EX: Harry Hudson Collection.

Lot 81: Edward H. Bohlin 3-piece Buckle Set, est. $4,000-5,000.
EX: Harry Hudson Collection.

Lot 83: Bohlinmade, Hollywood "Snuff" Buckle on Alligator Belt, Est. $2,000-2,500 Provenance: From the Estate of Snuff Garrett.

Lot 83: Bohlinmade, Hollywood "Snuff" Buckle on Alligator Belt, Est. $2,000-2,500
Provenance: From the Estate of Snuff Garrett.

Lot 85: 18K Gold Filigreed Buckle by the Distinguished Hudson Silver of Dallas, Texas, est. $10,000-14,000 EX: Harry Hudson Collection.

Lot 85: 18K Gold Filigreed Buckle by the Distinguished Hudson Silver of Dallas, Texas, est. $10,000-14,000
EX: Harry Hudson Collection.

Lot 87: 14K & 18K Bohlin Buckle Set with Extras, est. $3,500-4,500 Provenance: From the Estate of Snuff Garrett

Lot 87: 14K & 18K Bohlin Buckle Set with Extras, est. $3,500-4,500
Provenance: From the Estate of Snuff Garrett

Lot 89: Edward H. Bohlin 6A Buckle Set with Concho Belt, est. $7,000-8,000 EX: Harry Hudson Collection.

Lot 89: Edward H. Bohlin 6A Buckle Set with Concho Belt, est. $7,000-8,000
EX: Harry Hudson Collection.

Lot 91: Edward H. Bohlin Buffalo Head Trophy Buckle, est. $8,000-10,000 EX: Harry Hudson Collection

Lot 91: Edward H. Bohlin Buffalo Head Trophy Buckle, est. $8,000-10,000
EX: Harry Hudson Collection

Lot 93: Y-O Ranch Gold & Sterling Trophy Buckle, est. $5,500-7,500 EX: Harry Hudson Collection

Lot 93: Y-O Ranch Gold & Sterling Trophy Buckle, est. $5,500-7,500
EX: Harry Hudson Collection

Pictorial Lakota Beaded Coat

A fine European-cut, Lakota beaded coat on native tanned hide with horse motif. Five pair of colorful beaded horses: blue and red on front, and white, burgundy, and yellow & blue on verso. Great beading details, such as single bead eyes and colored ears. Five beaded pair of horseshoe tracks adorn the front, in shades of green, purple and blue. Heavily fringed and accented with a beaded diagonal design of yellow, red and aqua blue. Long leather drops hang from the pony tracks and the back. Wonderfully visual and unique. 29” long with fringe; circa early 20th century.

EX: Bill and Marilyn Lenox Collection.

Lot 242, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - June 10, 2017, Fort Worth.
Est. $10,000-15,000.

Impressive Tom Qualey (1904-1977) Grangeville, Idaho Spurs

An exceptionally fine, intricate and pristine pair of silver overlaid and inlaid double-mounted spurs by the renowned Grangeville, Idaho, master spur maker. With Tom’s signature maker-mark “Qualey” distinctly scribed into both bands, the breathtaking pair is built with a double-buttoned Cheyenne style split heelband, central high domes, barrel chap guards, and marvelous 30-point, 2 1/2" polished rowels. Fully floral carved russet color two-piece leathers with silver buckles are affixed via 2” scalloped and engraved sterling conchos.  Undeniably, one of the finest representative pair of Tom Qualey’s work that we have seen in quite a while. For a similar pattern, see Page 257 of “Bit and Spur Makers in the Vaquero Tradition,” by Ned and Jody Martin. 

EX: Bill and Marilyn Lenox Collection.

Lot 289, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - June 10, 2017, Fort Worth.
Est. $20,000-25,000.

16th Century Spanish Mano Figa Ring Bit

Very early, important Spanish ring bit with Texas history. Possibly of Conquistador vintage, and in an exceedingly scarce configuration. Mano figas hang from the wide, 1 3/8” chin bar and the ring flat; the cast cheeks have a scroll design. 3 7/8" mouthpiece with high port (missing roller). It is a striking and unique artifact of the "Age of Discovery" in North America.
 
Accompanying the bit is a copy of a letter relating to the discovery of the bit by Harold Gage Thompson, contemporarily related and signed by Cecilia Thompson in 2005 (transcribed below). Also included are 2006 research/study photographs identifying the bit and describing its features on the reverse.
 
Mano figa (also fica or higa), translates to “fig hand” and is an ancient symbol or talisman that dates back to Etruscan Italy, but spread to other countries and cultures. It is most usually considered an obscene gesture, and is worn to ward off bad luck or the evil eye. The horse that wore this bit appears to have been well-protected, as more than twenty mano figa hang from the piece.
 
EX: Harry Hudson Collection.

Lot 199, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - June 10, 2017, Fort Worth.
Est. $8,000-9,000.

Large Navajo Pictorial Weaving

Wonderfully colorful and masterfully executed Navajo pictorial with Corn Yei at center. All native hand-spun yarns with a variety of natural and aniline dyes. Great pictorial elements, including six birds, two deer, bow and arrows, feathers and two cows (one with either "T A" or "A T" on his side, depending on which side of the rug you're looking at!), with a Teec Nos Pos border. Great color and condition. Circa 1930s, 96" x 66 1/2".
EX: Bill and Marilyn Lenox Collection.

Lot 128, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - June 10, 2017, Fort Worth.
Est. $20,000-25,000.

Sharps Buffalo Rifle

S/N C45530 (matching on barrel), .45 x 2 7/8 .45 caliber, (marked Calibre) “Meacham” conversion of a percussion Sharps rifle. 1 ½ inches across the muzzle, 30 inch octagon barrel, military style stock, double set trigger, “Old Reliable” on barrel, Lawrence rear sight, copper blade front sight, circa late 1870s. Weighs 17 pounds. Condition:  bore is excellent, plum brown barrel, frame has 20% silvered case colors, small filled area in checkering on left wrist, small chips in fore arm, excellent mechanically.

Lot 140, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - June 10, 2017, Fort Worth.
Est. $8,000-12,000.

After the dissolution of the Sharps Rifle Co, The E. C. Meacham & Co, seeing a ready market, produced a number of rifles using surplus U.S. Sharps actions converted to center fire, and parts from the Sharps Company.

Alfred Jacob Miller (1810 - 1874)

Beating a Retreat
Watercolor & gouache
8" x 12" 
Signed lower left: A Miller
An early Thomas Nygard Gallery label verso
Framed to 19" x 23" 

EX: Bill and Marilyn Lenox Collection.

Lot 179, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - June 10, 2017, Fort Worth.
Est. $125,000-175,000.

Note: Title plate on frame incorrectly identifies this painting as 384C. Though clearly a version of catalog number 384, the “C” painting is a watercolor held in the collection of the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD (Miller’s birthplace).

Alfred Jacob Miller (1810 – 1874)
“In the early part of the Nineteenth Century, fur traders, Indians, pioneers, and adventurers who journeyed west of the Mississippi experienced a raw and rugged world now mostly forgotten. We are fortunate, however, that those experiences were captured vividly on canvas by the American artist Alfred Jacob Miller, who ventured west to the American Rocky Mountains in 1837. Miller painted what he saw on that trip, and his firsthand works provide a window into a life and time long gone but essential to the very nature of what it is to be American.” -- Excerpted from alfredjacobmiller.com

Although not always famous, Alfred Jacob Miller is now heralded as one of the finest painters of the far American West. In 1837, Miller was commissioned by Captain William Drummond Stewart, an eccentric adventurer and former British military officer, to accompany Stewart as an art recorder on a trip to the American Fur Company Rendezvous near the Wind River Mountains. Miller’s sketches on this trip became the studies for many dozens of future oil and watercolor paintings, most of them commissions. Miller’s commissions were in the form of new works based on his existing studies, and a result, there are numerous Miller paintings, in both oil and watercolor, with similar subject matter and similar or identical names.

This painting is known alternately as, “Beating a Retreat”, “War Ground”, or “Indians Beating a
Retreat”. There appear to be five other known color versions of the work in museum collections, and one version recorded in Miller’s record book that remains unlocated, but is noted as “oval.” When compared with the images available of the five museum held works, we feel this watercolor version most closely resembles the two oil paintings held by the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, and the Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, painted between 1863 and 1865. 

In Miller’s notes that accompany his original studies, he writes of the image of “Beating a
Retreat”

"Although this Sioux Indian has an immense range of his own to hunt over, he is not content with it, and we find him here on the grounds of the Blackfeet. The latter from a bluff have discovered the marauder, and are discharging their arrows at him and in a rage because they are not nearer to secure his scalp.”