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Item #SP805 SOLD
Vintage Oscar Crockett Silver Inlaid Spurs
This wonderful pair of vintage spurs made by Oscar Crockett in the early 1930's at the height of his creative and business acumen. The spur pattern, including the rowel type and the leathers silverwork done by Keyston Brothers is absolutely spectacular. Keyston Brothers had an extensive catalog business and sold many bits and spurs made by Buermann and Crockett. This is an original pairing of spurs and leathers that would have been custom made to the specifications made by the original owner.
The spurs are flawless. Gorgeous floral engraving is worked on the silver outside of each yoke and the shank in a beautiful floral filigree. Each spur is stamped on the outside of the yoke, below the button: "CROCKETT" . The spurs have an excellent patina. All parts are solid. The opening measures 3". The overlaid and nicely engraved rowels are 2 and 1/4" in diameter with an exceptional 20 points. The overall length is 6 and 1/2".
The pair of leathers on these gorgeous antique Texas spurs are true to the period of the spurs manufacture and clearly were made by an expert leather engraver. The pattern in the black leather, still shiny, is reminiscent of the best of the San Francisco saddlemakers such as Olsen Nolte and Visalia. The buckles are stamped KEYSTON BROS / S.F. CALIF. / STERLING". The silver conchos (1 and 3/4") are present on the leathers and show workmanship and materials perfectly complementary to such a high-end pair of spurs. The Keyston Brothers began their manufacturing of a complete line of harness and saddlery goods in San Francisco in the 1880's. The factory was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake, but while they were rebuilding they ordered carloads of merchandise from Eastern suppliers to enable them to continue shipping goods to their customers.
About Crockett Spurs:
The Crocketts stood apart from the other major makers of the 1920's because they came from a cowboy background. As a youth, Oscar Crockett watched his cowboy brother Arthur make spurs. His uncle was an old time cowboy, later becoming Oscar's business partner. Oscar worked as a cowboy for a few years around 1910. He trailed cattle into Kansas City, where he stayed to work in a blacksmith's shop and made his own bits and spurs after work - offering them to buyers at the stockyard horse sales. He formed C&G Bits and Spurs, a partnership which he built with another young blacksmith, in 1914. The line was bought by C. P. Shipley (who had bought a few pair at the stockyard sales) when Oscar was in his mid-twenties, and he stayed on to manage the line for the Shipley company. That collaboration lasted until 1916, when Oscar Crockett made another move, this time to open his own shop in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. This lasted about a year before he closed up shop during the first War and joined the effort for Victory, lending his knowledge of metalworking to the Bremerton Shipyards in Washington State.
After the War, Oscar and his brother Arthur were both back working in C. P. Shipley's bit and spur department. Brice Crockett (Uncle to the brothers) provided financing and advice, which allowed the Crockett brothers to buy out the Shipley bit and spur line and begin the Crockett Bit and Spur Co in January of 1920. By 1927 the company had grown to 6 employees producing 5000 spurs and an equal number of bits. In that year, Oscar bought his uncle's share in the company, becoming sole owner.
The company continued to grow and prosper, becoming one of the biggest names in bit and spur production. They were known for ingenious design, excellent workmanship and above all - quality. The early, hand-forged Crockett style of bits and spurs such as these is considered to be extremely collectible.
In 1951, the Crockett company was purchased by James Renalde. In 1984, the last of the stock belonging to the Crockett-Renalde Company was liquidated.
Antique Oscar Crockett Spurs and Period Keyston Bro's Leathers / Item #SP805 SOLD
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