This pair of non-excavated Civil War period spurs including their straps and buckles, originally acquired from Georgia, have been in a Pennsylvania Civil War relic collection for nearly 50 years and are just now being made available. They are in very good condition and will be an attractive display either by themselves or as a part of any Civil War cavalry collection. They are constructed of cast brass with iron rowels, and leather straps with iron buckles. The spurs show no unusual bends, with no cracks, breaks, or repairs. The distinctive rowels move freely and are secured by peened pins. The Civil War period leather straps appear to have originated with the spurs and, while worn and exhibit some crazing and cracking, are intact. One of the straps is connected to its buckle by only a small portion of leather and must be handled gently. Looking closely, one can see the heavy, coarse, rope-like thread used to hand-stitch the horseshoe style buckles to each respective strap. The stitching and the buckle type indicates Civil War period use and exhibit the crudeness typical of Confederate manufacture. The buckles on both straps are complete and in good shape, however the tangs do not move as they are rusted in place. The spurs measure approximately 3-1/8 x 5 inches. Their diminutive size is indicative of a finer quality spur, intended for officer and not enlisted use. The file marks and general shape of the spurs, as well as the rowels, are certainly indicative of being Confederate. A similar example of this type spur, with a another type rowel, can be found in "Historic American Spurs" by Howard Crouch in the Confederate section on page 61, as item CS 20.
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