Archive for the ‘Leather Purses’ Category
I gotta be honest, up until about a year ago, I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a saddle purse. I knew of saddle horses, saddle bags, saddle blankets, saddle pads, etc. but the idea of a saddle purse had never crossed my mind.
Had I learned about saddle purses by other means than a picture of some, I would have imagined something quite different. I might have imagined that the ladies have special purses they have with them when they are riding.
If you are learning about this kind of purse right now and since you don’t have a picture of one, believe it or not they look almost exactly like a saddle. They even come in lots of different sizes. Would you believe there are even change purses that look like a saddle. “Honey, does this saddle make my butt look big?”
Western purses come in several different styles, but I’m still of the persuasion that leather says western better than anything else. Tooled leather just seems more authentic still. Close behind that would be “rough out” leather with fringes and conchos.
But then I’m just a guy, so what do I know? Maybe if I started packing my stuff around in a man-bag, I’d have more credibility as a judge of purses. I wonder what kind of looks I would get in an airport if I pulled my laptop computer out of a tooled leather man-bag that looked like a saddle. That would be something to check off my list…
When you see western leather purses, you just know you’re looking at western leather purses. How many other styles of purses look as if you could mount up and ride them?
Seriously, can you mistake a leather saddle purse for any other style of purse? I suppose a purse with fringes and conchos on it could conceivably be mistaken for some other style.
Don’t fringes and conchos at least suggest a western style though? But you have to admit that a western style saddle that doubles as a purse pretty much declares the style.
Yesterday we discussed how western leather purses might differ from other leather purses. But does a purse have to be leather to be western? Another good question. I don’t recall ever hearing of a clearing house for determining what purses qualify as western, and which ones don’t.
That leaves us determining for ourselves which ones qualify as western. I’m thinking that either tooled or fringed leather will be one of the most prominent indicators. But since we’re deciding for ourselves, if you see a purse that looks and feels western, I’m sure not going to tell you it isn’t. Again, if it looks like a saddle, probably a western purse.
What, you might ask, makes western leather purses different from other leather purses? Good question. Now all we’re missing is a good answer. But wait, we’re not done yet. One of the distinguishing characteristics of western purses is typically tooling in the leather. Western purses often have patterns carved into the leather.
Another feature might be some leather fringes on the purse. Conchos often adorn western purses too. Now if you see a leather purse and the top part of it looks a lot like a saddle, that right there is a dead give-away.
No, seriously, there is such a thing as a saddle purse. Don’t look at me that way, I’m not kidding. No, it’s not a purse specially designed to be draped over your shoulder while you’re on a long trail ride. It’s a saddle purse…it looks like a saddle, with a purse under it, where the horse should be.
They come in various sizes and colors too. There are even itty-bitty ones to keep your change in. Ok, I guess you could drape one over your shoulder on a long trail ride, but I’m thinking you would catch a bit of flack over that.
Yeah, I know, you already have a gazillion purses. So why would you need a few western purses? Consider this…you’re all decked out in your finest western shirt, skirt, and hat and the only thing you can find that will go with them are tennis shoes.
That would never work would it? So why would you want to sling a plain, boring purse over your shoulder? You’ve got to complete the picture, right. Let’s assume now that you’ve done the right thing and outfitted yourself with a saddle purse, a purse with some fringe on it, maybe one with a few conchos…each in a different color to match any western attire you have picked out of the closet. Of course you have the boots too, I was just kidding about the tennis shoes. Thank God I’m a guy and don’t have to worry about all that. My wife does the worrying for me about how I look.
Why do women have several purses? Is it because they just enjoy transferring things from one to the other? I don’t claim to understand the female mind, but I seriously doubt that is the reason. What is it then? My guess is that one reason is they are in constant search of a distinctive look.
I think western leather purses are very distinctive. I love the unique tooling, fringes and conchos on each purse. The craftsmen and women are truly creative. And…the chances you are going to run into another lady with exactly the same purse are pretty slim. Now that’s distinctive.
Ok, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For me, I guess it would be a purse to carry with you when you’re in the saddle… The next thing is…would you need a saddle mirror? For my wife it was “Ride ‘em Cowboy”. I’m not sure whether she was thinking the cowboy would have a purse, or would be riding the purse.
That may have been more realistic than you would think. There really is such a thing as a saddle purse, and if you’re feeling like your purse collection is a bit shy of perfection, you really need one, I guess. The purse is actually built like a saddle, stirrups and all. Imagine the bottom of the purse being the belly of the horse. And now you know.