Miniature Western and Wildlife Bronzes

by Don Polland

 

Western Bronzes

 

 

Blowin' Cold - Ltd Ed 30 Bronze (1969)
Blowin' Cold - Ltd Ed 30 Bronze (1969)
"As a cold nother blows, a lone cowpoke heads his tired pony back to camp. This is one of the many hardships the cowman had to endure."

Blowin' Cold - Ltd Ed 30 Silver (1969)
Blowin' Cold - Ltd Ed 30 Silver (1969)
"As a cold nother blows, a lone cowpoke heads his tired pony back to camp. This is one of the many hardships the cowman had to endure."

Bog Hole - Ltd Ed 30 (1969)
Bog Hole - Ltd Ed 30 (1969)
"An early sculpture of a frequent incidence in ranch life. When cattle became thirsty, they would often venture into deep mud to reach water and become hopelessly bogged down. Unless a cowboy happened by to rescue them, they often died."
Buffalo Hunt - Ltd Ed 30 (1969)
Buffalo Hunt - Ltd Ed 30 (1969)
"The buffalo was the Indian's main source of real meat, as well as skin for clothing and other necessary daily items. The hunt was always a great event in their lives."
Busted - Ltd Ed 50 (1969)
Busted - Ltd Ed 50 (1969)
"In the early days, cattle were mean and often dangerous to both rider and horse. Cowboys, on occasions, found themselves alone with one of these "ornery critters" and had to bust them in order to handle them, check their brands, etc. This was no easy task, and often resulted in the cowboy being busted."

Comanchero Bandit - Ltd Ed 30 (1969)

Comanchero Bandit - Ltd Ed 30 (1969)
The "comanchero" was a Mexican outlaw who worked in conjunction with the Indians in plundering the wagon trains and cattle drives.

Dancing Indian with a Lance - Ltd Ed 50 (1969)

Dancing Indian with a Lance - Ltd Ed 50 (1969)

Dancing Indian with a Tomahawk - Ltd Ed 50 (1969)

Dancing Indian with a Tomahawk - Ltd Ed 50 (1969)

Dancing Medicine Man - Ltd Ed 50 (1969)

Dancing Medicine Man - Ltd Ed 50 (1969)

Drawn Sabers - Ltd Ed 50 (1969)

Drawn Sabers - Ltd Ed 50 (1969)
"Though the Civil War saw the last of the saber charges, this sculpture shows four U.S. Cavalry troopers in a headlong charge with sabers waving forecfully."
He Ain't No Keg A Nails - Ltd Ed 50 (1969)
"The grizzly bear, a predator of cattle, was often hunted out and killed by cowboys whenever he was over-zealous in his kills. On occasion, cowboys have even played with him -- a very dangerous game."

Indian Beef- Ltd Ed 30 Bronze (1969)

Indian Beef- Ltd Ed 30 Bronze (1969)
 

 



Lookouts - Ltd Ed 50 (1969)
"These two Indians, crouched behind a rock outcrop, are observing the wagon trains which crisscrossed their land."
Mavericks - Ltd Ed 30 (1969)
Mavericks - Ltd Ed 30 (1969)
"A group of longhorn cattle in headlong flight."
Start Prayin' - Ltd Ed 50 (1969)
Start Prayin' - Ltd Ed 50 (1969)
"This work shows an enraged cow chasing off a rider who had attempted to rope her calf for branding. These "range mamas" were not afraid to tackle man or horse"
Top Money - Ltd Ed 30 (1969)
Top Money - Ltd Ed 30 (1969)
"This sculpture depicts an event in the early days of the rodeo --- steer riding. This cowboy is riding a longhorn. Today, the larger, more vicious Brahman bull is used"
Trail Hazard - Ltd Ed 30 (1969)
Trail Hazard - Ltd Ed 30 (1969)
"The mountain men met many hazards along the trail. This work is shows a typical example -- the rattlesnake."
War Cry - Ltd Ed 30 (1969)
"Battle was a ritualistic game with the Indians, the singular fact that caused them most of their defests. Their warriors were superior to ours, but their rules, not ours, defeated them."
When Enemies Meet - Ltd Ed 30 (1969)
When Enemies Meet - Ltd Ed 30 (1969)
"The Indian tribes often raided other tribes to steal horses and slaves. When they closed for battle, their brave tactics on horesback were grand indeed"

Whose Meat - Ltd Ed 50 (1969)
"In the early days when guns were not so powerful, a ball from these early weapons would not always drop the games where it was shot. Here we see a mountain man who had shot a deer and had to track it. In the meantime, the Indian had also shot the deer with an arrow. Now I wonder: Whose meat?"


 

 

 
Coffee Time - Ltd Ed 50 (1970)
Coffee Time - Ltd Ed 50 (1970)
"Two cowpokes are discussing, over a cup of coffee, the better virtues of Millie down at the Silver Dollar Saloon."
Dusted - Ltd Ed 50 (1970)
Dusted - Ltd Ed 50 (1970)
"Bull riding is one of the most exciting of rodeo events. Here the rider has been thrown hard into the dust."
Jim Bridger - Unlimited Ed Bronze (1970)
Jim Bridger - Unlimited Ed Bronze (1970)
"My interpretation of what the great trapper, explorer and scout might have looked like."
     
Buffalo Robe - Ltd Ed 40 Bronze/10 Silver (1971)
Buffalo Robe - Ltd Ed 40 Bronze/10 Silver (1971)
"The Indian often used a buffalo hide as a means of signaling that game or an enemy had been sighted."
Dragoon, 1847 - Ltd Ed 40 Bronze/10 Silver (1971)
Dragoon, 1847 - Ltd Ed 40 Bronze/10 Silver (1971)
"The Texas-Mexican War, not often remembered, was one of the last periods where Napoleonic tactics and color were used. This dragoon is in a charging attack."
Shakin' Out A Loop - Ltd Ed 40 (1971)

Shakin' Out A Loop - Ltd Ed 40 (1971)

 


Trail to Cowsprings - Ltd Ed 30 Bronze/10 Silver (1971)
Trail to Cowsprings - Ltd Ed 30 Bronze/10 Silver (1971)
"This Navajo Indian is enroute to the Cowsprings Trading Post. It was at these trading posts that the Indians acquired, by trading their jewelery, baskets, pots and blankets, the articles and supplies they required for life or pleasure."
Trooper Ltd Ed 250 (1971)
Trooper Ltd Ed 250 (1971)
 
 

Tumble (with rifle) Ltd Ed 50 (1971)
Tumble (with rifle) Ltd Ed 50 (1971)
"This is a study of action - a Comanche Indian on a running horse that has just stumbled."
This verion has a rifle. There is another version with a spear.
Tumble (with spear) Ltd Ed 50 (1971)
Tumble (with spear) Ltd Ed 50 (1971)
"This is a study of action - a Comanche Indian on a running horse that has just stumbled."
This verion has a spear. There is another version with a rifle.
   
     

Challenge - Ltd Ed 60 (1973)

Challenge - Ltd Ed 60 (1973)
"This mounted warrior shakes his flintlock in challenge to the enemy."
Fast Horses and Long Ropes - Ltd Ed 60 (1973)
Fast Horses and Long Ropes - Ltd Ed 60 (1973)
"In the early days, the cattle were as wild as the Old West. To get close enough to them, the cowboy needed an agile and fast horse. A long rope also came in handy."
Herd Bull - Ltd Ed 75 (1973)
 
Herd Bull - Ltd Ed 75 (1973)

 

Point Rider - Ltd Ed 60 (1973)
Point Rider - Ltd Ed 60 (1973)
 
Roper - Ltd Ed 60 (1973)

 

Run for the Border - Ltd Ed 60 (1973)
Run for the Border - Ltd Ed 60 (1973)
"A Mexican bandido charging down to the river to escape into Mexico."
Unloadin' - Ltd Ed 60 (1973)
Unloadin' - Ltd Ed 60 (1973)
"These two desert prospectors, after having their morning meal, packed their mule to leave, only to find that the mule had other ideas."

War Party - Ltd Ed 60 (1973)
"This sculpture depicts a small band of raiding Blackfoot Indians. Each is mounted on his favorite war pony. Woe be it to the white man whose path they cross."
 
     
Unkown Title - Ltd Ed 60 (1977)
Mountain Man - Ltd Ed 60 (1977)
 
 
 

The Seven Events of Rodeo Bronzes

In 1978, Don Polland created a series of miniature bronzes entitled "The Seven Events of Rodeo". Production in this series was set to be limited to 350 bronze castings of each sculpture. In 1985 when he modified the original the series for production by Chilmark in fine pewter, approximatelty 150 of each bronze had been produced.
Bareback Rider - Ltd Ed 350 (1978)
Bareback Rider - Ltd Ed 350 (1978)

Barrel Racer - Ltd Ed 350 (1978)

Barrel Racer - Ltd Ed 350 (1978)

Bull Rider - Ltd Ed 350 (1978)

Bull Rider - Ltd Ed 350 (1978)

Calf Roping - Ltd Ed 350 (1978)

Calf Roping - Ltd Ed 350 (1978)

Header and Heeler Team Roping - Ltd Ed 350 (1978)

Header and Heeler Team Roping - Ltd Ed 350 (1978)

Saddle Bronc Rider - Ltd Ed 350 (1978)

Saddle Bronc Rider - Ltd Ed 350 (1978)

Steer Wrestling - Ltd Ed 350 (1978)

Steer Wrestling - Ltd Ed 350 (1978)

 

 
   
 

Wildlife Bronzes

 
 
Fighting Stallions - Ltd Ed 30 (1969)
Fighting Stallions - Ltd Ed 30 (1969)
"The West was once the home of thousands of wild mustangs. The stallions fought each other, as these two are doing, for their "harems."
Pronghorns with Trees - Ltd Ed 50 (1969)
Pronghorns with Trees - Ltd Ed 50 (1969)
"A group of buck antelope in wild flight."
(with trees)
Bighorn Sheep - Ltd Ed 50 (1970)
Bighorn Sheep - Ltd Ed 50 (1970)
"A small herd of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, one of the most sought after big game, bounding among the rocks as only they can do."

Pronghorns - Ltd Ed 50 (1970)

Pronghorns - Ltd Ed 50 (1970)
"A group of buck antelope in wild flight."
(without trees)

Supremacy - Ltd Ed 30 (1970)

Supremacy - Ltd Ed 30 (1970)
"The West was once the home of thousands of wild mustangs. The stallions fought each other, as these two are doing, for their "harems."

Fighting Bucks - Ltd Ed 40 (1971)

Fighting Bucks - Ltd Ed 40 (1971)
"Another wildlife sculpture showing two deer bucks contesting during rutting season for the dominance of the doe."
Cheetah - Ltd Ed 50 (1976)
Cheetah - Ltd Ed 50 (1976)
Limited edition bronze separate from Franklin Mint East African Wildlife Series
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

   

Other Bronzes

   
Turtle Hounds (1977)
Turtle Hounds (1977)
 

 

 

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