New Frontier to auction fine Western, cowboy & Native American items, Aug. 27

Left, Coonskin cap worn by John Wayne in the 1960 film ‘The Alamo,’ est. $10,000-$30,000; Right, Silver-banded black hat worn by John Wayne in the film ‘Red River,’ est. $10,000-$30,000. Images courtesy of New Frontier Auctions

Left, Coonskin cap worn by John Wayne in the 1960 film ‘The Alamo,’ est. $10,000-$30,000; Right, Silver-banded black hat worn by John Wayne in the film ‘Red River,’ est. $10,000-$30,000. Images courtesy of New Frontier Auctions

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – No movie character played by the immortal John Wayne was ever accused of being “all hat, no cattle.” Whether playing a cattle baron in The Cowboys and Chisum or portraying such unforgettable characters as True Grit’s Rooster Cogburn and Alamo hero Davy Crockett, Wayne always delivered onscreen credibility. His decades-long career and signature persona made him one of the world’s most admired Western stars. New Frontier Auctions is proud to announce that, as featured highlights of their August 27 auction at the Cheyenne Firearms & Western Collectibles Show, it will offer eight special items screen-worn by The Duke. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

All of the items are from a single-owner private collection and have been “heavily vetted,” said New Frontier owner Scott Tarbell. “Each John Wayne lot comes with affidavits and letters of authenticity from Boyd Magers, the number one authenticator of Western film memorabilia.”

Silver-banded black hat worn by John Wayne in the film ‘Red River,’ as seen in movie studio publicity hand-out photo. Described by ‘Entertainment Magazine’ as one of the most iconic hats in film history. Extensive documentation includes Boyd Magers LOA, and signed affidavit. Est. $10,000-$30,000

Silver-banded black hat worn by John Wayne in the film ‘Red River,’ as seen in movie studio publicity hand-out photo. Described by ‘Entertainment Magazine’ as one of the most iconic hats in film history. Extensive documentation includes Boyd Magers LOA, and signed affidavit, est. $10,000-$30,000

Hats were the items of clothing that always made the man in golden-era Westerns, and few are as instantly identifiable as the silver-banded hat worn by John Wayne in the 1948 Academy Award-nominated film Red River. The American Film Institute named Red River the fifth-greatest Western of all time, but the hat took on a life of its own. Entertainment Magazine called it “one of the most iconic hats in film history.” It is estimated at $10,000-$30,000.

Coonskin cap worn by John Wayne in the 1960 epic film ‘The Alamo.’ Nicely preserved with original prop house tag from John Wayne's production company, Batjac, identifying the film and actor. Extensive documentation includes Boyd Magers LOA, affidavit of history and informational portfolio. Est. $10,000-$30,000

Coonskin cap worn by John Wayne in the 1960 epic film ‘The Alamo.’ Nicely preserved with original prop house tag from John Wayne’s production company, Batjac, identifying the film and actor. Extensive documentation includes Boyd Magers LOA, affidavit of history and informational portfolio, est. $10,000-$30,000

Two now-classic wardrobe items from the 1960 historical war epic The Alamo will be sold. Each has two collar tags – one from United Costumers and the other from Wayne’s own production company, Batjac, identifying the film and actor. Lot 251 is the actual fringed buckskin jacket John Wayne wore as Colonel Davy Crockett, the one-time Tennessee Congressman who fought in the Texas Revolution and died at the Battle of The Alamo. Its estimate is $8,000-$15,000. Lot 260 is the highly recognizable coonskin cap that Wayne wore while filming The Alamo. In nicely preserved condition, it is estimated at $10,000-$30,000. Tarbell remarked: “History has remembered Davy Crockett wearing two things – his fringed, buckskin jacket and a coonskin cap. Crockett is depicted in just that way on the 1967 US postage stamp that honors him.”

Fringed buckskin jacket worn by John Wayne in the film ‘The Alamo.’ Collar tags from both United Costumers and Wayne’s production company, Batjac, identifying the film and actor. Accompanied by Boyd Magers LOA, affidavit, and portfolio of information. Est. $8,000-$15,000

Fringed buckskin jacket worn by John Wayne in the film ‘The Alamo.’ Collar tags from both United Costumers and Wayne’s production company, Batjac, identifying the film and actor. Accompanied by Boyd Magers LOA, affidavit, and portfolio of information, est. $8,000-$15,000

Other John Wayne items include the authentic US military tunic and dress kepi worn by the actor in She Wore A Yellow Ribbon, each estimated at $8,000-$15,000; the cowboy hat owned and worn by Wayne as the title character of the 1973 film Cahill US Marshal, estimated at $10,000-$30,000; and a second coonskin cap which was personally owned by Wayne and which he wore at PR engagements and photo shoots promoting The Alamo, offered with an estimate of $8,000-$15,000.

Circa 1860-1870 Native American fringed buckskin frontier shirt with attractively beaded pockets and yoke. Estimate $2,000-$4,000

Circa-1860-1870 Native American fringed buckskin frontier shirt with attractively beaded pockets and yoke, est. $2,000-$4,000

The sale includes a fantastic mix of historical relics, bronzes, paintings, textiles, saddles, boots and more, with a strong emphasis on real-life “cowboys and Indians.” One of the earliest Native American items is a fitted circa-1860-1870 fringed buckskin frontier shirt featuring a densely hand-beaded yoke and artistically decorated pockets. Its estimate is $2,000-$4,000.

Phenomenal 1880s Crow Indian child’s buckskin shirt and pants. Fringed throughout, with trade-cloth cuffs and early cobalt blue and robin’s-egg blue beads. Est. $2,000-$4,000

Phenomenal 1880s Crow Indian child’s buckskin shirt and pants. Fringed throughout, with trade-cloth cuffs and early cobalt blue and robin’s-egg blue beads, est. $2,000-$4,000

An outstanding Crow Indian child’s outfit consisting of a buckskin shirt and pants is fringed throughout and accented with red tradecloth and translucent cobalt and robin’s-egg blue beads. Worthy of a place of honor in even the most advanced collection, it is estimated at $2,000-$4,000.

Stunning oversize Plains Indian pipe bag, ochre with beadwork design and long fringe, est. $2,500-$3,500

Stunning oversize Plains Indian pipe bag, ochre with beadwork design and long fringe, est. $2,500-$3,500

Another stunning work of art is an oversize Plains Indian pipe bag, ochre with long fringe and a multicolor design that incorporates red, green, cobalt and robin’s-egg blue beads against a white beaded ground. Its estimate is $2,500-$3,500.

Extremely clean and colorful Navajo Crystal Storm weaving from the Four Corners region with J.B. Moore pattern incorporating waterbugs. Vivid red, black, white and gray motif, 33in x 61in, est. $1,200-$1,800

Extremely clean and colorful Navajo Crystal Storm weaving from the Four Corners region with J.B. Moore pattern incorporating waterbugs. Vivid red, black, white and gray motif, 33in x 61in, est. $1,200-$1,800

A standout among the Native American textiles is an extremely clean and colorful Navajo Crystal Storm weaving from the Four Corners region, with a J.B. Moore pattern incorporating waterbugs. It features a vivid red, black, white and gray motif, measures 33 by 61in, and carries an estimate of $1,200-$1,800.

101 Ranch (attrib.) Wild West Show Colt .45-caliber Single Action Army revolver. Two-piece carved-bone grips, marked ‘101’ on frame and ‘7’ on opposite side, est. $2,500-$5,500

101 Ranch (attrib.) Wild West Show Colt .45-caliber Single Action Army revolver. Two-piece carved-bone grips, marked ‘101’ on frame and ‘7’ on opposite side, est. $2,500-$5,500

Firearms collectors who seek the unusual will find it in a Colt .45-caliber Single Action Army revolver with two-piece carved bone grips. It is marked “101” on the frame and “7” on the opposite side, and is attributed to the famed 101 Ranch of the Oklahoma Indian Territory. It is on that vast property that the Miller Brothers started their legendary Wild West Show featuring many trick shooting and Western frontier acts. The gun is estimated at $2,500-$5,500.

Show-stopping pair of extra-large single-mounted spurs made by Mike Morales. Features cut-out heart heel bands, elongated and rounded silver candy-striped shanks, massive rowels and flower-tooled dove-wing straps, est. $1,500-$2,500

Show-stopping pair of extra-large single-mounted spurs made by Mike Morales. Features cut-out heart heel bands, elongated and rounded silver candy-striped shanks, massive rowels and flower-tooled dove-wing straps, est. $1,500-$2,500

The auction includes 78 lots of extraordinary spurs representing such revered artisans as Buermann, J.O. Bass, Kelly Brothers, Crockett and Mike Morales. Highlights include a pair of Buermann single-inlaid spurs with cut-out snake heel bands, deeply chased iron offsides, and a very early AB (August Buermann) star mark, $3,500-$5,000.

Very early Buermann (California) single-inlaid spurs with cut-out snake heel bands, deeply chased iron offsides, and early AB (August Buermann) star mark, est. $3,500-$5,000

Very early Buermann (California) single-inlaid spurs with cut-out snake heel bands, deeply chased iron offsides, and early AB (August Buermann) star mark, est. $3,500-$5,000

Also on offer is a show-stopping pair of Mike Morales extra-large single-mounted spurs with cut-out heart heel bands, elongated and rounded silver candy-striped shanks, massive rowels and flower-tooled dove-wing straps, $1,500-$2,500.

An unusual and very high-quality Deer Lodge, Montana prison-made horsehair bridle has a rarely seen orange background with a finely detailed nose and browband design. It is complemented by hitched glass rosettes and brilliantly hued tassels. In absolutely mint condition, this wonderful example of hand-craftsmanship is estimated at $3,500-$4,500.

Unusual Deer Lodge, Montana prison-made horsehair bridle with rarely seen orange background, finely detailed nose and browband design, complemented by hitched glass rosettes and brilliantly hued tassels, in mint condition, est. $3,500-$4,500

Unusual Deer Lodge, Montana prison-made horsehair bridle with rarely seen orange background, finely detailed nose and browband design, complemented by hitched glass rosettes and brilliantly hued tassels, in mint condition, est. $3,500-$4,500

New Frontier’s Saturday, Aug. 27 auction will start at 4 pm Mountain time (6 pm Eastern time). For additional information about any item in the auction, call Scott Tarbell at 913-406-8057 or email newfrontiershow@gmail.com. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

 

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