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“Let ‘Er Buck” - Silk Rodeo Handkerchief With Cattle Brands

183. STERNE, J. J.  Let ‘Er Buck [lower border] Texas Cattle Brands - Adorning Garrison Hall - University of Texas.  [San Antonio, ca. 1928].  Silk rodeo handkerchief with colored illustration of a cowboy on the hurricane deck of a bucking bronco, in oval on a green field with a white border of 32 numbered Texas cattle brands.  64.5 x 66 cm.  Creased where formerly folded, a few unobtrusive light stains, generally very fine. Accompanied by 3 related items:  (1) original J. J. Sterne (203 East Houston, Gunter Hotel block) advertising flyer (printed on recto and verso in blue), with pictorial key to brands (The Brands by Number as They Appear on the Handkerchiefs); (2) typescript with same information as key; (3) stamped mailing envelope to George W. Saunders (1854-1933, cattleman, author of the classic The Trail Drivers of Texas published in 1925, and president of the Old Trail Drivers Association) addressed to Saunders in Antonio, Texas, postmarked September 6, 1928, from Tacoma, Washington.  Very unusual.

     Chic and rare rodeo ephemera.  Among the brands are those of Richard King of the King Ranch, George W. Littlefield, Swedish-Texan rancher S. M. Swenson, José Antonio Navarro (184l), Shanghai Pierce, Oliver Loving, Charles Goodnight, Sam Maverick, Mrs. Anna Martin of Mason County, and others.  ($150-300)

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