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    Lot of two CDVs of "Whip," Stagecoach Driver, ca. 1870s. Some drivers would as soon be caught without their pants as without their whips. Many of the whips used by the stage drivers were fine works of art, generally ornamented with handcrafted silver ferules girdling a handle made of hickory. Many of these whips are prized museum pieces today. Whips were never sold, loaned, borrowed, or traded. In his book, Stagecoach Days in Santa Barbara County, Walker A. Tompkins wrote, "Whips were considered a part of the driver, who kept the lashes well-oiled and as pliable as "a snake in the sun." Most stagecoach whips had buckskin lashes, usually from 11 to 12 feet in length, attached to a five-foot hickory shaft. The lashes were 10 feet too short to reach the lead team, which was controlled by reining.

    Two CDV photographs of "B. F. Robinson," stagecoach driver (Whip). This is a great scarce image of man standing & posing in studio with his whip, gloves, cowboy hat, and kerchief. The other photograph is him sitting with friend. They measure approximately 2.60" x 4".

    Condition:
    Very good-fine.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    13th Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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