Important Ortega quirt, 29” long, 16-strand natural rawhide body with unique dark brown buttons and red interweaves. The different colors of un-dyed rawhide are derived by the natural colors of different cattle breeds. Marked inside the popper "O-P LUIS ORTEGA" & "TAGGART 9/80". The O-P represents both dual branches of Luis’ family -- Ortega & Peralta. Made in 1980 for Lloyd W. Taggart of Las Vegas, Nevada and Cody, Wyoming.
PROVENANCE: Lot includes a letter dated and signed 1990 Letter from Luis Ortega to High Noon Western Americana documenting the origin and authenticity of the quirt.
Lot 140, Brian Lebel's Mesa Auction - January 21, 2017
Lloyd W. Taggart (1919-2002) served as president of the Federated Employers of Las Vegas, and board of trustee member of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center in Oklahoma City. He also served on the University of Wyoming Alumni Association Board, UW Art Museum Board, College of Business Advisory Council, and UW Campus Advisory Board. In 1988, he was honored as a UW Distinguished Alumni for his many years of outstanding leadership, service and career accomplishments.