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Jeff Bridgman Antique Flags and Painted Furniture - LEATHER CHAPS WIH NICKEL-PLATED CONCHOS, BLUE-GREEN AND WHITE WITH WONDERFUL WEAR AND PATINA, MADE FOR THE GEER RODEO COMPANY OF MANTANA, ca 1960 - 1970’s
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  LEATHER CHAPS WIH NICKEL-PLATED CONCHOS, BLUE-GREEN AND WHITE WITH WONDERFUL WEAR AND PATINA, MADE FOR THE GEER RODEO COMPANY OF MANTANA, ca 1960 - 1970’s
Dimensions (inches): 41.5" wide x 48.5" tall x 5.5" deep
Description:
These beautiful leather chaps, with great color, wear, and patina, were made for the Geer Rodeo Company of Montana. Nickel-plated conchos, with pressed decoration in a Southwestern, Native American style, are tied with leather to series of 4-diamond strings of geometrics on each leg. These, along with lettering that advertises the rodeo, were cut from white painted leather and appliquéd on the blue-green ground. The scalloped waistband is also white and there is a white belt with a nickel-plated buckle.

While the chaps have the look and feel of the 1930’s, Geer Rodeo was founded in 1960 and these would most likely date between that time and the 1970’s. Despite the fairly late date, they display superb visual qualities.

Brief History of Geer Rodeo:
Miles (Bud) Geer was born in Minnesota in 1921. At age 14 he contracted meningitis. The treatment in those days was to pack the patient in ice. When they did this, his infected ear ruptured, permanently affecting his hearing as well as his equilibrium, and he lost his ability to walk. In spite of his physical challenges, and in a style Teddy Roosevelt would have encouraged and applauded, he learned to read lips and taught himself to walk again by pushing round a wooden chair, as well as through riding horses. He credited his familiarity with them as also having significantly contributed to regain mobility. He watched a certain point, for example, such as their ears, intently, which allowed him to move successively towards them without falling.

In the 1930’s his family moved to Montana. He worked with and rode horses, and following high school, went to work on a ranch near the town of Nashua. In 1944 he married and in 1948 moved 12 miles north of Nashua to a farmstead that would become known as Geer Place. He acquired his own stock and in 1960 began moving them over to a rodeo company that, in the years that followed, supplied bucking broncos (his specialty), bulls, and other animals to rodeos throughout the region.

In 2015 Bud Geer was inducted into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. He passed in January of 2018 at the age of 96.

Mounting: The background is 100% cotton twill, black in color. The mount was expertly done through the use of hand-stitching and stainless steel pins. A deep shadowbox was constructed using substantial Italian molding with a mahogany-like woodgrain surface, very dark brown in color. To this a rippled profile liner, black with gold highlights, was added as a liner. The glazing is U.V. protective plexiglass.

Condition: There is expected wear, paint loss, and soiling, the patina and presentation of which are particularly charming.
   
Primary Color: blue-green
Earliest Date: 1960
Latest Date: 1975
For Sale Status: Sold
Price SOLD
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