Elite California riding outfit headlining Western Americana auction

MESA, Ariz. — On January 25-26, 2014, folks from around the country will gather dressed in their cowboy boots and jeans to shop at both the antique show and auction all weekend, during the  High Noon Western Americana Weekend, at the Mesa Convention Center and adjacent Marriott Hotel in Mesa, Arizona.

On both Saturday and Sunday (Jan 25-26) over 150 individual dealers in their booths will

19th century saddle

19th century Visalia Walker Wegener Saddle. (Photo courtesy High Noon)

offer their best cowboy, Indian and fine art pieces for sale during the day. Saturday night dealers, collectors and spectators all gather for High Noon’s signature auction. This year we are offering “the finest array of both historic and sterling silver mounted Edward H. Bohlin, Keyston and Visalia parade saddles we’ve had in over 20 years,” said Linda Kohn Sherwood, co-owner and founder of High Noon.

One highlighted saddle will be an important 19th century Walker & Wegener, San Francisco, early California riding outfit, 100% original complete with saddle, martingale, and matching headstall, bridle, bit & spurs. Created by the legendary San Francisco Visalia saddlery for General John Koster of the California State Militia, the entire outfit is adorned with monogrammed sterling conchos. This set was featured on the 2005 Antiques Roadshow in Reno and it was noted that this is “probably one of the finest California riding outfits I’ve ever seen”, by noted Roadshow appraiser and historian, Bruce Shackleford. The entire outfit was appraised at $16,000 to $22,000 during the Roadshow stop. To view the original appraisal or read the transcript, which aired on PBS in 2005 click here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/200404A30.html.

For art lovers, the auction brings to market very special John Hampton bronzes, WHD Koerner, Will James and Ed Borein artwork. The American Indian arena will feature a broad

A Edward H Bohlin buckle, part of a collection of buckles, saddles and briefcases set to be auctioned during the High Noon Western Americana Weekend. (Photo courtesy High Noon)

A Edward H Bohlin buckle, part of a collection of buckles, saddles and briefcases set to be auctioned during the High Noon Western Americana Weekend. (Photo courtesy High Noon)

assortment of Northern Plains beaded and quillwork, plus collectible and usable Navajo rugs, bridles, concho belts and fine gold/silver buckles.

And as always, the High Noon Auction will feature its signature collection of historic and highly collectible western Americana plus Hollywood cowboy memorabilia including James Arness’ Gunsmoke TV series six-shooter, Tom Mix’s personal chaps and John Wayne’s riding saddle from his last and arguably best film, The Shootist, co-starring Lauren Bacall.

An important piece of presidential memorabilia will be the mounted & framed cotton lariat that was used by legendary Hollywood cowboy roper Montie Montana to lasso President Dwight D. Eisenhower at the 1952 Inauguration in Washington D.C. Don’t think that the secret service would take kindly to that today.

Fabulous bits and spurs plus intricate horsehair bridles, posters, vintage photography,and a diverse array of western Americana, Indian and fine art await the High Noon crowd.

For more information, please visit High Noon at: www.highnoon.com

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