North American Auction Company
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December Christmas Gift Sale Online Only Auction 12-19-22

Mon, Dec 12, 2022 02:00AM EST - Mon, Dec 19, 2022 03:00PM EST
Lot 79

1908 Bozeman Mirror & 1946 Miles City Rodeo Fob

Estimate: $300 - $600

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The lot features two original circa 1908 and 1946 Montana history pieces; a Bozeman, Montana advertising mirror of the Gallatin County High School from 1908 and a 1946 Range Riders Roundup Rodeo watch fob from Miles City, Montana. First is a 1946 Range Riders Roundup Miles City, Montana FOB. Range riding is a herd-supervision method, something that was once the norm for ranchers and cowboys, but was not consistently practiced after top predators were eradicated from western landscapes. Before the Miles City Bucking Horse sale was started, in the late 1930’s a group of five men (Charlie Wiley, Dale Wilder, Montana Bill Roberts, Harry Reed, and Sid Vollin) got together with an expressed concern about the loss of heritage, of history, of artifacts, and of a way of life of Eastern Montana. They decided to see if there were other people who felt the same way, and if they could gather enough support to start a museum. Thus were the beginnings of what later became the Range Riders Museum which was dedicated in 1942. The coin's face has the image of a cowboy mounted on a horse, the reverse has the image of a sunrise similar to the Montana state seal. Naturally worn due to age and handling, otherwise in good condition. The second item is a pocket mirror with the 1908 colorized photograph of the then Neoclassical styled Gallatin County High School in the foreground with the Romanesque Irving School in the background in Bozeman Montana. In the 1930s, the high school was remodeled in an Art Deco style by famed architect Fred Willson, the Irving school was demolished and replaced with a similar Art Deco motif. The mirror is in good usable condition, the colorized photograph shows slight fading consistent for its age, 2" diameter.