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Horsehair Bridles, A Unique American Folk Art: Volume 3 of the Bridles of the Americas by: Ned Martin, Jody Martin
Horsehair Bridles American Folk Art: Volume 3
 
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Horsehair Bridles, A Unique American Folk Art: Volume 3 of the Bridles of the Americas by: Ned Martin, Jody Martin
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Author: Ned Martin, Jody Martin
Binding: Hard Cover with dust jacket
Copyright: 2016
Pages: 189
Size: 14 x 12.25 in.

Product Code: HHP-2016-9780965994781-X16

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After ten years of research, the authors have published the history of the development of horsehair hitching. This unique American folk art evolved in the bleakest of environments: the prisons of the West. The book includes stunning color photos of 200 bridles from public and private collections. Most of the book will focus on the beautiful and colorful bridles made of horsehair; but there are also images of hatbands, belts, quirts, canes, reatas and other miscellaneous pieces made by inmates. Two chapters deal with horsehair pieces that were made outside of the prisons: one by Winfield Coleman, illustrates the Indian Uses of Horsehair which go far beyond the creation of bridles; another ends the book with a description of work by talented, often self-taught, contemporary makers.

This book also illustrates the preparation, dyeing and hitching of the horsehair. It differentiates between hitching and braiding or plaiting the fibers in order to make cheek straps, brow pieces and reins of a bridle. The beautiful decorative rosettes could be made of horsehair needle knots, or crystals, or engraved German silver. They were sold in an endless variety of shapes and sizes all pictured here.

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