EXCAVATED CALIFORNIA OR MEXICAN STYLE OFFICER’S SPUR

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These spurs were sometimes called Texas spurs as well, but since Texas joined the Confederacy, Schuyler, Hartley and Graham probably thought it wiser to market their version in their 1864 catalog as California or Mexican. In any case, this pattern found favor among mounted officers wishing to emulate the rakish, skilled horsemen of the American southwest and early California. These are characterized by a large spiky rowel and are usually fitted for a broad leather strap over the top of the foot, sometimes embossed, as well as an instep strap or chain. Like the SH&G version this also had noise making bobs suspended from a ring near the rowel for that jungle-jangle sound to complete the effect- the bobs are missing, but the ring is still in place at the rowel. We show the the Schuyler, Hartley & Graham illustration, and an 1862 photo of two officers in the 3rd PA Cavalry, one of whom is wearing this style of spur.

This one is iron or steel, with the side bars rounded, rather than flat and engraved, but the neck uses heavy flat bars and has a sculpted base. It looks like a less expensive version, though it could have been silver plated at one time. The spur has brown rust, but is but the rowel is intact, as are the studs to fasten the wide top strap that are fastened through the upper spur strap slots, and it shows the ring on one side of the rowel to suspend the bobs. We don’t have a find location for this, but it would be a nice addition to an officer’s display or specialized display of spurs and horsegear.  [sr] [PH:L]

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