This book opens a door to a way of life in America that is rapidly disappearing, that of the American cowboy. It portrays items used by cowboy ancestors and presents a glimpse of what life was like in the heyday of riding the range and trailing big cattle drives. Containing over 500 photos of cowboy bits, spurs, saddles, boots, and weapons, it also displays beautiful Native American beadwork and design. These old cowboy items continue to be more valuable each year as collectors of antique cowboy equipment grow in numbers. The equipment displayed here brings the cowboy's way of life to each of us who treasure the ways of the American Wild West.
Joice Overton resides in the Pacific Northwest. She is the author of *Cowboy Bits and Spurs, Cowboy Equipment, articles in *The West Coast Peddler and other magazines, and a work of historical fiction *Horse Woman of the Nez Perce.