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(SOLD!) I am brokering, for your delectation, a number of whips on behalf of a client of mine, from his private collection. My client is what is known as a whip enthusiast, from the collector end of the spectrum, which means he acquires whips and curates them, but does not throw them, in order to impinge as little as possible on their original conformation. Four of these whips are from well-known makers, while a fifth is in that even more rare category: a large cowhide whip, the leather of which is in excellent condition! I’ll show you that one later; in the meantime, here is the first whip up for sale.
This is a 10ft 24 plait Bullwhip, in all red kangaroo leather, by Jim Hurlbutt, circa 2000 or so, and my client is the original owner. Mr. Hurlbutt of course was famous for his intricately plaited braidwork, and to this day is one of the more famous American whipmakers (granted I believe he also trained for a time in Australia).This whip has an 18” handle with no transition knot—very sleek!—and the heel knot is some kind of 10 bite interweave. There is no wrist loop, it has the original fall at 33”, with an 8 plait point.
This is a detail shot of the heel knot, with a gorgeous dainty interweave.
The handle plaiting, with a variety of different plaits.
Detail of the plaiting on the handle at the transition.
This whip also sports an extra decorative plait out on the thong, shown here.
Finally, a detail shot of the tail of the whip, showing the point with the fall knots and fall.
Feel free to send me an email if you’re interested in acquiring this whip for your collection, or if you have questions or comments.