Antique and Vintage Texas Treasure

Browse our watch list rodeo buckle, vintage mounted steer horns, Texas Ranger buckle set, western buckle, cowboy art, western sculpture and sterling silver western items, . List includes some great gift ideas for western home decor. Featured items are sterling silver rodeo belt buckles and mounted steer horns and horn furniture but other exceptional vintage Texas treasures can be seen.

 

Rodeo Belt Buckles

Historically, a rodeo belt buckle was a trophy only awarded, rarely bought. The trophy buckle was introduced as an acknowledgment at rodeo championships and gained momentum in the 1920s. These wearable awards exemplify a tradition of ornamental metalworking, often made from sheets of nickel or silver, soldered with gold lettering and engraved details. Reproductions are available but the most treasured are the vintage buckles once worn by rodeo champions.

 

Which is Larger - Bull horns, steer horns or cow horns?

The Texas Longhorn is a breed of cattle which descended from the first cattle in the New World, brought by Christopher Columbus and the Spanish colonists. Contrary to popular belief, it isn't the longhorn bull that has the longest horns. Longhorn steers and exceptional cows have the longest. Longhorn bull horns can extend to over 5 ft 9 inches inches tip to tip while steers and exceptional cow horns often reach up over 8 foot tip to tip. The longhorn with the longest recorded total length is 10 foot 9 and 1/2 inches. The longest mounted longhorn horns are rare and collectible.

 

Horn Chairs and Furniture Made By Texas Makers

Cattle horn furniture is thought to have first appeared in America in 1876 when the Tobey Furniture Co. of Chicago displayed an upholstered sofa and chair with arms made of horns at the Chicago Industrial Exposition. It caught on quickly, and the making of items from horns grew and continued, tapering off around 1920. Chairs are the most common type of furniture; horn settees, horn tables, hall trees and hatracks were also made, but in lesser quantities. The making of things from cattle horns became a massive fad that swept across the country. Texas, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois all produced their share of horn furniture . . . As in any field of collecting, there always becomes someone whose work stands out above the others. And so it is with Wenzel Friedrich, Charles Puppe and William C. Mittmann. Here's how to determine the maker. The National Texas Longhorn Museum

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