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ca. 1880’s CABINET CARD LARGE FORMAT IMAGE OF A SADDLED RANCH HORSE – FULLY TACKED WITH A LEVER ACTION RIFLE IN THE SADDLE SCABBARD – A SCARCE SUBJECT MATTER IN A LARGE FORMAT:  This is a spectacular Western image of a fully tacked ranch horse, including a lever action rifle in the rifle scabbard.  These outdoor images captured in a natural setting as a result of the photographer taking advantage of an opportunity rather than a staged or indoor studio setting are quite scarce, particularly with this sort of content. 

The horse is tacked out in a high pommel and cantle, “deep seat” half seat stock saddle of the type used on ranches and dating from the 1880’s.  The quality of the saddle and the rifle scabbard are evident and both appear to be well cared for, reflecting a gentle sheen from being regularly cleaned and conditioned.  The horse is well proportioned, appears well fed and cared for, and he seems to have that wooly coat typical of range horses – quite likely a genuine cow horse.   

The image is clear and in very good condition – the only soiling being a light ink mark running from the horse’s left rear hoof to the bottom edge of the image.  The mounting board has some minor edge wear, but no breaks or cracks.  The reverse of the board is printed with the legend, This is TROT who sends best wishes and assurances of faithfulness.”   

As noted above, this is an unusually large printing of the photograph - the image proper measures 7” high by 10” wide, and the mounting board measures 10 ¼” high by 11 ½” wide. 

The combination of size and content ensures this image will display very well and it would be a notable addition to a collection of western memorabilia.  (0752)  $225



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