Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Antique and Vintage Leather: Kirwan-Neilson Makers, Lusk, Wyo


Kirwan-Neilson Makers, Lusk, Wyo.
1930s-1940s Tooled Leather Corset Belt, Beautiful Condition.
stamped "25" with adjustable outlets.


Double Buckle Design.
Beveled-edge border of leather is smooth and like piping.
Background of design is pebbled texture, with dimensional Art Deco style floral motif.
Silver-toned metal buckles, possibly steel or brass.

"Kirwan-Neilson Makers, Lusk, Wyo."

A beautiful Piece!

I found a little information about the maker, with source referenced at end of paragraph:

"John William "Jack" Kirwan was born in Pennsylvania in 1885. He moved out west to Wyoming with his Missouri bride Anna around 1915.
He served in World War 1 in the Army and returned to Douglas Wyoming where he enjoyed spending time making saddles at his shop. In
the late 1930's his wife passed away and he moved to the nearby town of Lusk Wyoming where he partnered with T. C. Nielson in his shoe
shop, and together they built a reputation for finely crafted saddles under the name of Kirwan & Nielson. Kirwan died at age 54 of influenza
in 1944."

REFERENCE: http://www.oregontrailcrossing.com/The_Saddlemakers.html

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