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
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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