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Bruce and Julianne Bartlett
Owners Bruce and Julianne Bartlett have been collectors and dealers of Western Americana, specializing in Texas-style bits and spurs, since 1989. Bruce served on the Advisory Board of the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock, Texas and as an Advisory Trustee of the Witte Museum in San Antonio, Texas for many years. He also served on the board of the National Bit, Spur and Saddle Collectors Association for twelve years including a term as Vice President of the organization. Bruce is a member of the Texas Gun Collectors Association, the Antique Bowie Knife Association and the Alamo Arms Collectors Association. Bruce and Julianne reside in San Antonio.

Bruce graduated from Baylor University in 1987 with a degree in history. After eight years in the restaurant business he followed his passion and began trading western memorabilia full time in 1995. In 1997 when Lone Star Brewery closed down their San Antonio operations and sold the Buckhorn Hall of Horns, Bruce was instrumental in moving the collection to a grand new location in downtown San Antonio, reminiscent of the original saloon founded in 1886.

Julianne’s background is in business. She is a CPA and received her accounting degree from Baylor University in 1988. She worked as an auditor for Peat Marwick (1988-1989), an assistant vice-president for Pacific Southwest Bank (1989-1990), and as assistant controller for Mission City Management (1990-1997). She currently runs the business aspect of Rio Grande Trading Co. as well as performs the accounting for the Bartletts’ real estate holdings.

Publications and Publicity:

2014 Listed in the acknowledgments of Eddy Hulbert Silversmith, by Helene Sage.

2012 Bruce inducted into the National Bit, Spur and Saddle Collectors Association Hall of Fame.

2011 Bruce interviewed for a national weekly radio show, "Chronicle of the Old West - Weekly Edition."

2010 2010 Bruce appeared on an episode of the television show, �Treasure Hunters�. Click here to view a clip.

2009 Bruce authored the book, The Spurs of James J. Wheat, Pioneer Collector. This 89 page hard cover book documents the best of the Wheat Collection, an acquisition of the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock, Texas.
2008 — 2014 Editorial Contributor for Cowboys & Indians Magazine.
2008 Bruce interviewed by Cowboys & Indians magazine for an article in the April issue titled, "Antique American Cowboy Spurs."
2005 Bruce co-hosted a "Treasure Seekers" television show in Round Top, Texas.
2004 Bruce appeared on a cablevision show titled "Treasure Seekers" at the High Noon Western Show in Mesa, Arizona.
2003 Assisted David Stoecklein with his book, The Spur - History, Art, Culture, Function. Authored the section, "Texan Spurs", pages 59-60. Listed in the acknowledgements on page 138 where the author states, "I would like to give special thanks to my good friends who helped me with their vast knowledge about spurs and opened up their homes to me and let me photograph their amazing spur collections. Their time and assistance made this book possible."
2001 Listed in the acknowledgments of Hand Forged for Texas Cowboys, page 11, by Kurt House.
2001 Julianne appeared on an A&E special titled, “The Incurable Collector”.
2000 Assisted Ned and Jody Martin and Kurt House with their book, Bit and Spur Makers in the Texas Tradition. Authored the sections, “K&C Spurs”, pages 158-159 and “Valuing Bits and Spurs”, pages 242-243. In the acknowledgements, the authors state, “The Texas collectors who have so willingly shared their experience, expertise and collections are numerous, but the most helpful have been Bruce Bartlett, Ellis Ramsey and Wayne Mitchell.”
2000 Listed in the acknowledgments of Cowgirls Women of the Wild West, page 4, by Elizabeth Clair Flood and Bill Manns.
1997 Listed in the acknowledgments of Cowboys and Trappings of the Old West, page 4, by Elizabeth Clair Flood and Bill Manns.
1997 Featured and photographed in Artistry in Silver and Steel the Adolph Bayers Legend Volume II, page 244, by J. Martin Basinger and Ben Miller.
1995 Listed in the acknowledgments of Old Time Dude Ranches Out West, page 7, by Elizabeth Clair Flood.