Posts By: Jim Olson

Collector’s Corner: Chaps

by Jim Olson  “Chaps” is an Americanized version of the Spanish word “Chaparreras” that loosely translates into “for the brush.” This makes sense as chaps are intended to protect the legs of horsemen from thorny vegetation, cactus, mesquite and various … READ MORE

What Age Is It?

by Jim Olson  “I have this really old, antique, collectible __________ that I want to know how much is worth,” she said. “Oh yeah, how old?” was the reply. “It’s at least from the 1970s!” she beamed proudly. Folks bring … READ MORE

Textiles of the West

by Jim Olson  When collecting textiles associated with the West, a few different styles come to mind. Hudson Bay and other “Trade” blankets, including Pendleton, were traded on the frontier and are still collected today. Chimayo weavings were woven in … READ MORE

Collecting for Investment

Recently I was asked into the home of collectors to assess their collection. These folks wanted to liquidate their items by sending them to auction. They had been collecting for years. They believed in the philosophy of putting their extra … READ MORE