Bits and Pieces Of The Wild West

Select pieces from the 1800s to the very early 1900s as a reminder and reference to our western history.
Curated by Laura Rone

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This gallery has 4 objects

Pillow cover: Made from tanned leather with a printed color portrait of Buffalo Bill which actually appears in a photograph of Buffalo Bill with May and Louis Decker at the Irma Hotel, c. 1902. This piece gives us a peak into the style/craftsmanship of Buffalo Bill himself. It also has an inscription burned into the leather in the lower left corner which reads: BUFFALO BILL ... how cool is that!
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Light A-frame working saddle, brown leather, modified Texas style, half seat, Cheyenne-rolled cantle, separate seat jockeys, double rigged, wooden stirrups, four German silver conchos. No maker's mark visible, c. 1890. Tired, sore touchy at the end of the day, I'd say ... and no seat warmer to boot.
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Bench plane, long rectangular piece of wood, back half lower than front half, rounded back and front edges; incised outline on both sides and top of front half. Handle on back is curved with hole in cneter, knob at front. Hourglass-like shaped hole in front half with blade and piece of wood, both with rounded tops. Slit at underside, c. 1825-1875. Tools of the trade ...
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Colt Navy revolver, .36 caliber, sn 204672, belonged to Wild Bill Hickok, sold to help pay for his burial expenses, and purchased for 25 cents. Wild Bill Hickok was an American frontiersman, army scout and lawman who helped bring order to the frontier West. He was a  legend during his life and also considered one of the American west's premier gunfighters.
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Marg2309's deep thoughts

A great start, Laura. Looking forward to your other 21!