North American Auction Company
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Last Chance Passed Lots Auction: October 28th, 2022

Mon, Oct 24, 2022 02:00AM EDT - Fri, Oct 28, 2022 03:00PM EDT
Lot 93

DeVore's Saddlery Helena, Montana Leather Purse

Estimate: $500 - $1,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $5
$50 $10
$100 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
Featured in this lot is this DeVore's Saddlery Helena, Montana leather purse circa 1950's. The purse is wonderfully and professionally crafted leather construction that features a highly carved and tooled floral decoration of the purse flap and the front and back of the purse with a braided leather edge of the purse and features a sterling silver center concho on the purse flap. The purse strap features beautifully engraved sterling silver buckles on bother sides of the straps and is marked 'sterling' and shows an unrecognizable hallmark. The purse is also marked on the front 'P.D.' and on the bottom of the purse is marked 'DeVore's Saddlery Helena, Montana.' From the estate collection of Lloyd Kent and Phyllis DeVore passed owners of the historic DeVore’s Saddlery Helena, Montana. Helena Saddlery of Helena, MONT. Was founded in 1890 and was the predecessor to DeVore Saddlery. Upon Lloyd Kent DeVore’s (also referred to as L. Kent) college graduation he purchased his father Lloyd’s business, the Helena Saddlery and Tent on Lawrence Street, and renamed it DeVore’s Saddlery in circa 1950. Kent learned his craft from some local greats such as Jack Miller and George Hargrave who also worked for DeVore’s. Both L. Kent and his bride Phyllis have since passed away and these pieces are being offered by the family estate. The condition of this carved leather purse is good with no obvious signs of damage and shows good overall condition. The measurements of this carved leather purse 6 5/8" x 9 5/8" x 3 /14". Provenance: This purse is from the private Estate of Phyllis DeVore out of Helena, Montana.