Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction Chosen to Guide the Sale of the Legendary Dixie W. Thompson Silver Saddle

Historic silver saddle that belonged to Santa Barbara icon, Dixie W. Thompson, will be offered for sale for the first time ever at Lebel’s June Old West Auction in Fort Worth, Texas.

FORT WORTH, TX – May 1, 2015: Old West Events announced that it has been selected by the M.H. de Young Museum in San Francisco, California, to bring to auction the Dixie W. Thompson Silver Saddle Outfit, which the museum has proudly held for nearly a century. Proceeds will benefit the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco’s acquisition funds. The circa 1889 custom saddle was the work of S. Loomis Saddlery Company for the Santa Barbara rancher, capitalist and former sea captain, Dixie W. Thompson. The silver work, fashioned using bullion from Mexican silver dollars, took over two years to complete and is attributed to the Tiffany-trained master, Edwin Field. The complete outfit, with equally detailed custom silver reins, bridle, bit, and cinch has a presale estimate of $60,000-80,000, and has never been offered for sale before now. Lebel’s 26th annual Old West Auction will be held live beginning at 5:00 pm, June 6, 2015 in the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibits Hall at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The auction is free and open to the public. 

“This is an incredible opportunity to own a true masterwork,” says auction founder, Brian Lebel. “The Dixie Thompson saddle outfit represents some of the very finest work by some of the best artisans of any era. Together they created one of the most magnificent saddles ever produced in America.” Dixie’s saddle was exhibited at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, and made frequent parade appearances with Mr. Thompson aboard. The saddle was written about in numerous newspapers, and had a reputation in its day as, “an exquisite work of art” and “the most expensive saddle in the world.”

The auction features approximately 400 total lots, and other notable saddle makers are well-represented, including Edward H. Bohlin and S.C Foy. Additional auction highlights include Annie Oakley’s rifle and “the gun that shot Morgan Earp.” A preview will be held Friday and Saturday. The auction and preview are free and open to the public. Internet, phone and absentee bidding options are also available. Catalogs are available for purchase. In addition to the auction, the weekend event features the 26th annual Old West Show, hosting 200+ vendors in authentic western art, antiques and other fine merchandise. General admission to the Show is $10/day with kids under 12 free and discount tickets available online. Visit or call 480-779-9378 for more details.

Helene Sage to Launch New Book about Eddy Hulbert at the Denver Old West Show


Helene Sage to Launch New Book about Eddy Hulbert at the Denver Old West Show  

Cover of New Eddy Hulbert Book by Helene Sage

Cover of New Eddy Hulbert Book by Helene Sage

DENVER – Brian Lebel's Old West Show is proud to announce that noted collector and author, E. Helene Sage will be releasing her new book, "Eddy Hulbert, Silversmith: Artistry in Dryhead Country, Montana" at the 25th annual show, June 27-29th at the Denver Mart. Helene will be at the Show to discuss her latest work, sign copies and visit with show guests. 144 pages, with 226 photographs, the book is an exploration of Hulbert's silverwork in spurs, bits & bridles, belts & buckles, and jewelry. More information about the book can be found at the publisher's website.

A noted scientist, researcher, horseman and collector, Dr. E. Helene Sage is the author of over 350 published scientific articles, Western-related commentaries, catalogs, and books that include "Bridle Rosettes: Two Centuries of Equine Adornment" and "Native American Horse Gear." The Old West Show is honored to showcase her and her newest work. 

Visit for more details and to download discount show coupons. General admission is $5 and children under 12 are free. Sunday is First Responder's Day at the Show; all military, police, fire and medics are free with ID. Free parking. The Denver Mart is located at 451 E 58th Ave, Denver, CO.