Hamley Saddle Company Chaps, ca. 1920
Appraised Value: $1,000 - $1,500 (2012)
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Appraisal Video: (1:30)
GUEST: This is my dad. This is his chaps that he wore when he was in professional rodeo.
APPRAISER: And you're from around here?
APPRAISER: A lot of people don't realize that you go over the hills here and this is rodeo country. This is where the Pendleton Round-Up happened, all the great buck-offs happened. The company that made those chaps, Hamley Saddle Company, is over there at Pendleton. It's rodeo land. So what did he do?
GUEST: Saddle bronc, bareback and occasionally a bull ride.
APPRAISER: So this is him doing saddle bronc riding, probably what, the '20s?
APPRAISER: And these chaps come from the '20s, you think?
GUEST: Yes. This other picture is him as a teenager, late teens. It was taken in the early '20s.
APPRAISER: So he was a cowboy all the way, huh?
GUEST: Yes, 16 on.
APPRAISER: And how did it work out for him?
GUEST: A lot of broken bones and not a lot of money.
APPRAISER: That's... yeah, that's rodeo cowboy. This kind of thing's gotten real collectible. Unfortunately, chaps have gone down.
APPRAISER: As they became valuable, a lot showed up on the market. These were probably worth more five years ago than they are now, but they're still a pretty good lick-- I mean, probably $1,000 to $1,500 with this history. The history's great. They have a little bit of damage on them, but who cares? They're the real thing.
GUEST: Oh, thank you.
APPRAISER: Thanks for coming.
GUEST: That's amazing on the price.
APPRAISER: Yeah, that's good, huh?
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