Item: Model 1859 Federal spur marked ''HORSTMANN"
Construction: Cast brass with iron rowel.
Condition: Excellent, non-excavated. The brass has aged into a darker dull brassy patina and its rowel moves freely. On the inner heel band is the stamp of William J. Horstmann Company of Philadelphia. Nearly every letter of the stamp is present with the exception of the letter "T" and part of the letter "M". This is not surprising as the stamp was made on a curved portion of the spur. The spur has no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs.
Approximate size: 3-3/4 x 4-1/2 inches.
Comments: According to "Historic American Spurs", the Horstmann Company "did furnish a great amount of equipment to the Union and undoubtedly many spurs". An example of this spur can be found in the above mentioned reference book by the late Howard R. Crouch on page 35 as item US6. This spur will be an excellent addition to any Civil War spur, cavalry, campsite, or general relic collection.
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