Oh, I was confused, not to mention exasperated!!
Everybody in the model-tack-collecting world should know that these two scrapbooks exist.
The seller told me it had been sold to her by old hand S. Taylor, a tackmaker I'd known for decades, and who said it had been made by me. Certainly I trusted Taylor -- she had no reason to lie. The mecate, the seller thought, came from her hand.
Another sure clue is the buckles. The Harley's buckles are classic S-shaped ones:
The Harley Hackamore has a California style tied-knot browband. When the TSII employs tied-knot browbands, there is almost always a pair of tassels on their tips. I say "almost" because there have been cases where there weren't tassels! (Portraits!) But with a set that has this much detail and knotwork effort, (this much psychic work) I would almost certainly have put in tassels. To me they feel required after a certain level of detail has been reached.
Another difference with the Harley Hackamore is the snaphook. It clearly has the soldered Rio Rondo hook:
I have mentioned that the Harley Hackamore's mecate is a big clue. Assuming it is original, could it have been by me? Did I ever make 2-color twist (as opposed to 2-color braided) mecates? According to the Grey scrapbook, I did... but only in 2001, and they looked quite different. They had a braided-thread strand for the contrast:
So, WHO DUN IT??
Ulrike Appelt of Germany
Here is my list of those who MIGHT have made it. It includes model braiders active long ago who might have gained more experience and skill as time has gone by. The "long shots" are just that, folk whom I believe would have a slim, but just possible, chance of having created it.
Emily McFadden (long shot)
Lauren Islip (long shot)
Susan Monty (long shot)
Suzanne Adams (long shot)
In the course of writing Taylor a letter, inquiring about this hackamore (I can't find any email address for her), it came to me that the most likely answer is the most obvious, most common and yes most frustrating. Most likely (oh, I hate Occam's Razor -- he has cut me so many times!) she simply forgot, and, casting about for a famous name whose work looked like this, landed on me.
It is a beautiful piece, and I am lucky to have it. If it's this good, why are they claiming it was made by somebody else?
Anonymous has made the most model tack pieces of all.