Rest of the West Gallery

The Artwork

Mexican-Style Saddle With Extensive Piteado and Silver Horn, Made for Mexican President Jose Lopez Portillo (1981)
Mexican-Style Saddle With Extensive
Piteado and Silver Horn
, Made for
Mexican President José López Portillo (1981)

The artwork in The Rest of the West Gallery (hallway and two staircases) features other places in the West, from New Mexico and California to the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains. These works of art also highlight the two themes of Western art: depictions of the tranquility of the landscape and its people and the action and adventure of the cowboy. The artists are well-known, popular artists, such as Andy Warhol and Frederic Remington, as well as the Taos Artists, who met in Taos, New Mexico.

Serapes from Mexico and the saddles in the hallway represent various styles and periods in saddle-making.

Pulling Leather, William R. Leigh (Oil on Canvas, c. 1952)
Pulling Leather, William R. Leigh
(Oil on Canvas, c. 1952)

The Gun Display

Volcanic Lever Action No. 1 Repeating Pistol, Smith & Wesson Co. (1854)
Volcanic Lever Action No. 1 Repeating
, Smith & Wesson Co. (1854)

The firearms in the gun display case represent some of the best and rarest guns ever made. Colts, Winchesters, Remingtons, Marlins, and Smith & Wessons were popular weapons used by settlers, cowboys, outlaws, lawmen, and ranchers alike.

Many of the guns in this display are exceedingly rare, including very low serial numbers, limited editions, prototypes, and unusual variants. The Bryan Collection contains more than 300 antique and rare firearms. Some of the firearms were purchased from noted collectors, such as Peter Steins and Enrique Guerra.

The Spur Display

Charro Spurs With Silver Inlaid Rattlesnakes, Maker Unknown (1885)
Charro Spurs With Silver Inlaid
, Maker Unknown (1885)

The spurs on display in this gallery represent various styles of spurs from different historical periods. Some were made by craftsmen while others were made in shops that mass-produced spurs.

There are examples of Cañon City Prison spurs made by prisoners, as well as sets by August Buermann and Joe Bianchi, noted craftsmen. The collection contains specific collections of spurs as well, including the noted Joe Russell Spur Collection.