Lot 228

RARE American Steer Horn & Cowhide 6-Leg Bench

Estimate: $3,500 - $5,500

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
This is an exceptional and rare steer horn six-legged bench with cowhide upholstery from a large Montana Dude Ranch estate. The piece has fantastic age and was collected in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in the 1990’s. The piece is likely one of the finest steer horn benches available for public purchase showing heavy high quality hand-crafted construction with rare salt and pepper tri-color cowhide upholstery, hand crafted brass studs and extraordinary steer horn legs and supports, in total the bench has six legs and 18 steer horns all with a hide wrapping at the top. The polished steer horns have wonderful rich coloring. This furniture originates from the Old Country and uses animal horns to form a significant amount of the frame and structure. Chairs or benches such as this date back to the 1800’s and were widely associated with Frontiersman, Trappers, the Old West, and Wild West Shows such as Buffalo Bill and the 101 Ranch. One of the most notable notable of makers was Wenzel Friedrich (1827-1902) with this piece emulating his fine craftsmanship and style. The bench is in very good condition with no obvious signs of damage. The piece likely was purchased for over $10,000-$15,000 in the 1990’s for the Montana Dude Ranch. The measurements of this bench are 47 1/2" x 18 1/2" x 20". This is an outstanding example of handcrafted furniture.