LARGE ROWELL “TEXAS” SPUR FOUND ON PADRE ISLAND, TX

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This single spur with a dozen long, spikey points to the large rowel was found on Padre Island, Texas, and was formerly in the Texas Civil War Museum. The spur is corroded and the tip of one side bar is partly missing, but the other is intact and shows the unusual use of button and slot for the straps- the button to hold the instep strap and slot above it for an adjustable strap and buckle over the top of the foot. The tag with it states it was found at the same time as four cannonballs near a Confederate fort on the island, the largest of the Texas barrier islands. We are not aware of a full-blown fort there, but there were likely small earthworks at one or more points for there were some skirmishes and boat actions involving blockading U.S. forces and Confederates either taking soundings in channels or ferrying goods out the island for transfer to blockade runners, or bringing them in. In any case, this follows the pattern also known as a Mexican or California spur, though without the small bobs sometimes hanging from the rowel.  [sr] [ph:m]

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