Lot 125 - Sterling Parade Chaps and Vest Set
Striking, brown leather and sterling parade vest and chaps. Dazzling Starr's Silver Shop, Reno, Nevada maker-marked, two-tone brown, matching floral carved Vest and Batwing Chaps, exquisitely and artistically adorned with hundreds of heavy gauge sterling silver mountings, filigreed corners and gold horseheads. Custom designed by the renowned Nevada silversmith in the early 1950s for a most discriminating parade participant, the fully lined leather Vest is mounted with deeply engraved domed silver conchos in graduated sizes, spaced with sterling spots forming a stylized and regal 6-pointed star leading to a raised solid gold horsehead center. The Vest front has double exterior pockets and is fully trimmed with silver conchos and spots. The corners of the vest are artfully adorned with engraved filigreed silver plates below matching gold horseheads. The long and impressive Batwing Chaps are fully and beautifully floral carved and trimmed in sterling silver conchos and spots while featuring three 6-pointed stars down each leg formed with round, domed silver conchos in graduated sizes. The belt is attached via three-piece buckle set maker-stamped with the Starr saddlery stamp. This parade outfit is unquestionably one the most elegant, opulent and artistic that we have ever had the pleasure to sell -- comparable to work from the most prestigious period Hollywood shops like Edward Bohlin and John McCabe.
Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - June 11, 2016