US Officer's "Christmas" Spur Marked "PATENTED DEC 24, 1861."

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This excavated US officer's "Christmas" spur was recovered in Madison County, VA. Though this cast brass spur is missing its iron rowel, it is otherwise in excellent condition. The brass has a very pleasing brown patina with yellow soil nicely high-lighting some of the lines along the exterior of the arms as well as the stippling and foliate design at the neck. On the interior of one arm is the complete stamping of "PATENTED DECEMBER 24, 1861" and therefore referred to by relic hunters as "The Christmas Spur". Images and descriptions of another Christmas spur are found in the following Civil War reference books: 

  • North South Trader's Civil War article "December 24, 1861 Patent Spur Identification", by Stephen M. Henry, Vol. XXVII, No. 4, Page 20.
  • "Historic American Spurs" by Howard Crouch, page 39, item US 14.
  • "Civil War Artifacts" by Howard Crouch, page 121, item 5.

See scans of the above pages in the additional images or by clicking on the NST article link. 

The spur measures approximately 3 1/4 x 4 3/4 inches and has no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs. It will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War cavalry or general relic collection. 


Product Code:
PC9697

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MISC. EXCAVATED ITEMS , NEW ITEMS , GREAT GIFT IDEAS , CAVALRY

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