HANDSOME, CONFEDERATE CAVALRY SPUR FROM THE ECKERT / ROSENSTEEL COLLECTION OF GETTYSBURG

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Item Code: 648-20

Once part of the well-known Echert / Rosensteel artifact collection of Gettysburg, this large sized, unexcavated, iron strap spur, with its original leather strap, was recovered from an unknown location on the Gettysburg battlefield. Intact Southern spurs are a true rarity these days and this single strap spur, in addition to its obvious scarcity, offers one a great specimen of Confederate cavalry equipment available in the collecting market today. The large, well finished spur is unquestionably of wartime manufacture and displays unusual CS characteristics of crudely fashioned flat shanks, protruding strap studs, and a straight neck mounted with a horizontally-positioned iron rowel known as a “raking” rowel. Collectors indicate that these types of spurs tend to surface in the eastern theater of operations in Maryland and Virginia. The spur presents a rugged, functional design and is strong and well made. Iron artifact is smooth inside and out and measures approximately 5¼” long by 3” wide at the boot opening. Only visible markings are four, thin vertical file marks in sets of two, on the heel’s exterior adjacent to the neck. An iron circular rowel with twenty-nine points in a star pattern is attached to the end of a tapered, thick round neck. Rowel rotates freely. Iron has acquired a pleasing, dark plum patina. The 6” long x ½” wide leather strap is still strong and supple. Strap exhibits two ¾” long horizontal slits at each end as the means to affix strap to the spur studs. Leather surface is cracked and has crazing but is intact and unbroken. This well-made Confederate ‘raking’ spur from the Eckert-Rosensteel Collection of Gettysburg is a fantastic collectable and would make a very fine addition to any Civil War cavalry display or collection.  [RA]

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