Lot 238

Early 1900 Comanche Beaded & Tacked Pony Saddle

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000

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
$25,000 $2,500
$100,000 $5,000
The lot features a unique early 1900’s pony saddle with whirling log tacking, beadwork and Indian hide fringes from the Comanche Indians of Fort Sill, Oklahoma from the ex-collection of Jim Aplan and Cyrus Eaton. The saddle is comprised of an early American pony saddle showing a thin tall pommel swell with solid nickel silver horn with sued leather covered seat having a high cantle with slight squat along with a square skirt having rounded edges and gullet underside with no lining. The entire saddle has a metal and brass covered tacked pattern showing crosses, bands and a large whirling log symbol on the seat. The metal tacks are worn in the seat and skirt areas with brass showing on the horn and rear. The horn, gullet pommel swell, cantle and rear of skirt are trimmed in Indian tanned hide with frilly fringes secured with hoof glue and tacking and accented with early 1900’s glass trade pony and faceted beads with colors of greasy yellow, light blue, semi-transparent pink, black, red and semi-transparent. The Comanche, Apache, Navajo and Pueblo were documented as using the “swirling logs” or “whirling logs” symbol which pre-dates the later WWII German symbol. Provenance: Collected from the Comanche Indians by Jim Aplan of Piedmont, South Dakota in the mid-1900’s and later sold to Cyrus Eaton of London, England in the 1980’s. The saddle has stiffening of the leather along with some wear but overall displays well. Measures overall 17”L by 12.5”W by 8.75”H with the seat being approximately 10.5” to 11”.