Cattleman Leonard Stiles, during his career with the legendary King Ranch and as a field inspector in the special division of the Texas Rangers, collected over 1,000 branding irons. These clever, rustic, and artistic iron signatures appear as detailed drawings, with fascinating stories of how they were designed and why, the ranches and historic cattle drives with which they were associated, and how rustlers attempted to alter their appearance.
Jane Pattie has written numerous articles specializing in Western topics and raises registered quarter horses and thoroughbreds. She is a photographer and award-winning writer of Cowboy Spurs and Their Makers, Cowboys Who Rode Proudly, and John Wayne . . . There Rode a Legend.