A & S Antique Auctions to offer Western collection

A & S Auction Co., specializes in American antiques, estates, antique firearms, and Western collectibles. Their June 7 auction will feature more than 400 quality items including the bit and spur collection of cutting horse icon Buster Welch.

Welch’s antique spur and bit collection consists of rare pieces created by sought after early artisans. The names of the horses and riders that originally wore them are for the most part forgotten. But the collection comes with matchless authenticity – Welch used them all.

“I never thought they would be worth a lot of money,” said Welch. “I just wanted something that looked like a working cowboy had used them – not odd-looking spurs with a lot of silver and stuff.

“I’ve used every one of them, but there are three pair that I showed in the most. I showed in the J.O. Bass bit and spurs for maybe two years and won a lot of money with them. And I had another pair (of spurs) I showed in a good deal that I bought a long time ago in Arizona. They were really nice fitting and stayed down good.

Welch, 79, won the NCHA Futurity a record five times and is a four-time NCHA World Champion. Some of his most memorable mounts include Peppy San Badger, Mr San Peppy, Marion’s Girl, Dry Doc, and Peppymint Twist.

A & S Antique Auction Company, a family-owned business started 30 years ago, sells 3,000-5,000 pieces per year in a 12,000 square foot heated and air-conditioned auction facility in Waco, Texas, the largest such facility in Texas.

In monthly auctions they specialize in beautiful, high-quality American antiques and collectibles for the discriminating buyer. A 9,000-square-foot showroom features a closed-circuit television system to highlight smaller pieces such as antique glassware or jewelry.

The company conducts both on-site sales on-site auctions in their facility for such unusual or special collections as antique firearms, Old West collectibles, Indian artifacts and more. For more information on this or other A&S auctions, call 254-799-6044, email asantiques@yahoo.com or visit the Web site at www.asauctions.com.