CONFEDERATE TEXAS CAVALRY IRON SPUR

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Confederate spurs show a wonderful variety. This one was excavated from a Texas cavalry camp in Arkansas. First off, it’s iron rather than brass. The heel band is flat, exceptionally wide, and tapers gradually to two rounded tips. Instead of slots, it is fitted with not one, but two buttons/studs rivetted at each end, one likely for the instep strap and the other for the top strap, though fashion often dictated a very wide strap over the top of the foot and these may have been meant to stabilize it. If it were not unique enough already, the maker decided to add a U-shaped neck for the rowel.

Use of iron is nice indication of a real, locally made spur, forged by a blacksmith rather than cast by someone with brass-working experience. Naturally, being of iron, it shows a good deal of surface corrosion and the rowel is now missing, with just some pieces remaining in the slot, but it has no bends or breaks and is one of the most unique Confederate spurs we have seen, hardly high-end, but very practical. The trooper, of course, may have acquired it before his military service, but it seems more a result of meeting a sudden increased demand as southern military units mobilized and is rather striking in any case.

This would make a nice addition to a CS cavalry collection or even a specialized spur collection or display.  [sr]  [PH:L]

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