Collecting Vintage Western Items
The pastime of collecting items and products from the wild west and from western America is very popular. There are many people who want to keep alive the meanings and roots of American history and also ensure that part of this history is not lost over time. Some collect antique western items as an investment where as others collect it as part of their enthusiasm for a certain sport or time period. What ever your desire to own these items, collecting vintage western items is here to stay.
There are various different items you could collect if you are interested in owning some of the vintage items from this area. Western clothing is a good example of this. Cowboy hats, western show clothing, cowboy clothes and original vintage cowboy equipment are all highly collectible items when purchased to keep. Items such as this are not too valuable, but the historic value is amazing and each piece tells a story of the wearer and owner.
Other cowboy equipment such as their gun, their saddle and their pair of cowboy spurs are also highly collectible. Some pairs of vintage cowboy spurs can fetch over $1k at auction, such is the love of these items of western lore and history.
Vintage western tack is also very widely collected and is actually made by some of the same companies that made the other hardware used by cowboys and people from that era. Horse bits, saddles, buckles, belts and bridles are all sought after items. Made by important companies from that era such as Crockett or Renalde, these items also hold their value. Saddles fetch a good price of you are buying as an investment, but as a sentimental item, they are also very valuable to their owners.
Even items such as western store catalogs, showing the range of items that were available to a cowboy from the wild west are highly collectible too. These catalogs show prices, descriptions and images of the products the companies were making and helped the smaller makers become bigger players throughout the years. Most sales and recommendations were done through word of mouth in those days and having a paper catalog was an important part of keeping your business alive in harsh times. Some catalogs you can buy are re-prints, but the real collectors will look for the original ones.
Source by Tao Schencks