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post #1 of 11 Old 04-24-2013, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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Rebuilding/repairing an old parade breast collar -- any tips??

So I went to a farm auction this past weekend, and got some pretty sweet stuff, but afterwards a man approached me and just outright gave me this breast collar (it had gotten mixed in his box of non-horse stuff, and he didn't want it or any money for it.)!
Well, I've looked it over, and it only has a couple flaws, all of which I'm confident I can fix: missing a strap/d-ring on the right side, missing two of the hanging diamond bits, and that one missing triangle on the left side.
(Also there's a cheek piece for a headstall, above it. Stitching is all rotted though.)
I've cleaned it up since taking the picture, and the leather is all good, stitching is only loose in a couple little spots and around where the missing pieces are. And now I'm set on repairing it!

So my question is: anyone have suggestions on where I can find replacements for the silver pieces? Tandy doesn't have much in the way of silver decor, and I'm not sure of where else to check.

Any ideas or leads would be much appreciated!
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post #2 of 11 Old 04-24-2013, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Agh, the image didn't attach for some reason, so here it is:
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He didn't want ANY money for that? *eye twitches*
That is a beautiful breast collar! I would LOVE to see pictures when it is all shined up as well!
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Nope. I tried to offer him something but he said he'd only paid a couple dollars for the box of stuff it was in, and just didn't have any use for it. I was pretty amazed. At the time I didn't look too closely tho, and figured it was trashed because a lot of the leather stuff at the auction was -- in which case I woulda just scrapped it out for hardware and called it a day.
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You could try emailing Dusty Johnston in Loveland Colorado. Cruise his web site and see the parade saddles he restores. He might have what you are looking for. Do you have the browband and nose band? This was part of an economy parade set and the metal was called Monel at the time, a non tarnishing nickel alloy.
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You could try emailing Dusty Johnston in Loveland Colorado. Cruise his web site and see the parade saddles he restores. He might have what you are looking for. Do you have the browband and nose band? This was part of an economy parade set and the metal was called Monel at the time, a non tarnishing nickel alloy.
Would that be Dusty of Pleasant Valley Saddle Shop (was in Colorado, now in Arizona)? That's what I came up with from a quick search, anyway, since you forgot a link, eheh. I'll send that one an email, unless you meant a different Dusty.

All that I have of it is what's pictured, unfortunately: the breast collar and the one cheek piece.

Thank you for the info!
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As far as I knew he was still in Loveland but then it's been about 4 years, maybe more since we corresponded. He had retired from sadddlemaking. Maybe the winters were getting to him.
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Look for Gaits Of Silver site, as they have Parade Saddles on there.

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The saddles Dusty was working on came from an era and the newer metals don't match the older. When doing restoration there needs to be sacrifice tack.
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That might be stainless steel, not silver.
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