Brian Lebel's Cody Old West Show, June 25-27
Veteran collectors of Western and Native American memorabilia, or anyone considering dipping their toes into this red-hot category of collectible, needs to mark their calendars for June 25th-27th. Those are the dates for this year’s Brian Lebel’s Cody Old West Show, to be held in the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, at 201 West Marcy Street in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Vendors from across the country will be there, specializing in authentic Western fine art, collectibles, apparel, home decor, jewelry, antique firearms, Native American artifacts, cowboy trappings, horse gear, books, boots, hats and more. Contemporary artists and artisans will be included. The merchandise includes antique, vintage and modern, spanning all price points. Because of the wide variety of material available at the show -- from cowboy to Native American, from old to new, and from inexpensive to lavish -- it's often difficult to explain to people what exactly the show is like, Old West Events owner Brian Lebel said. “But one thing is for certain: after someone's first visit, they come back every year. It's a special event with a community like none other." Lebel encouraged attendees to check out early buy-in, which is available “for the serious collector” during Friday's June 25th vendor set-up, from 9am to 5 pm. Guests get to shop while the dealers unpack, for first-look at the merchandise. The cost is $100 and entitles the buyer to access during all vendor hours all weekend, as well as an invitation to the Friday night VIP party. Sandwiched between early buy-in (June 25th) and the show’s final day (June 27th), Brian Lebel will hold the 31st annual Cody Old West Auction on Saturday, June 26th, at 4 pm Mountain time, with live, in-person bidding at the nearby Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza located at 100 Sandoval Street in Santa Fe, as well as online via the Old West Events website, www.oldwestevents.com. The auction is packed with 384 total lots and will feature several important collections, including the estate collections of antique firearms and Native American baskets from James Carpenter; the impressive miniature saddle collection and antique Americana collection of Earl Hagerman; badges from the collection of Bob Vines; buckles from the collection of Judge Howard Gross; and a superb group of horsehair bridles from noted collectors and authors Ned and Jody Martin. Major categories will include cowboy antiques and collectibles (saddles, spurs, bits, etc.); Native American artifacts; antique and historic firearms; Hollywood cowboy memorabilia; Western fine art; Old West gambling and saloon items; antique and contemporary belt buckles and other silverwork; antique advertising and lithography; and Western decorative arts and furniture. The auction is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Reservations are required for a seat. Currently underway is Lebel’s Rest of the West, an online-only auction with 120 lots, all unreserved and with estimates of under $1,000. Bidding is live now, at www.oldwestevents.com, and will end on June 26th at 11:55 pm Mountain time. Collectors on a budget, or anyone considering easing into the fast-growing field of Western collectibles, should check it out.
- Melissa McCracken