Hamley Saddle Company Chaps, ca. 1920

Value (2012) | $1,000 Auction$1,500 Auction
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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?

GUEST:
Yes.

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?

GUEST:
Yes.

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.

GUEST:
Ah.

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?

GUEST:
Yeah!

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
San Antonio, TX
Appraised value (2012)
$1,000 Auction$1,500 Auction
Event
Eugene, OR (June 04, 2011)
Period
20th Century
Form
Clothes
Material
Leather

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