Item: Confederate "Brandy Spur" - Folded
Construction: Cast brass.
Approximate size: 2-3/4 x 3-1/8 inches (folded).
Condition: Fair, excavated, rowel missing, folded. A solid and sturdy spur with a brown-green patina. Both arms are bent inwards. No cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Recovered: Cumberland Church area, Cumberland County, VA.
Reference: Images and descriptions of other similar Brandy spurs are found in the following Civil War reference books:
See scans of the above pages in the additional images.
Comments: It is believed that this spur was intentionally folded by an idle soldier. There are no marks on the spur that indicate that the folds were a result of a farmer's plow, disc, or other implement. Interestingly, the arm folds allow for the spur to be held in a nearly closed fist, with its straight neck protruding forward. Perhaps it could have been an attempt to create a nasty hand to hand combat weapon similar to brass knuckles. According to "Historic American Spurs" by Howard Crouch, page 51, "so many [Brandy spurs] have been found near the 1863 cavalry battlefield of Brandy Station. This spur appeared mid-war and was undoubtedly the product of a large Richmond area production facility." This Confederate "Brandy" spur will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War spur, Cavalry, or general relic collection.
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Call or Text: 804-873-5462