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Item #SP907 / $3,800.
G. S. Garcia Pre-1910 #6 'Broncho Buster' Chased Iron Spurs
These spurs are one of the few made by the G. S. Garcia shop for daily use. The same attention to detail and exquisite workmanship have been put into this spur that is, as described in the G. S. Garcia Catalog, "especially for the broncho buster." Equally unique, is that the spurs were warranted -- no other spurs were sold as "warranted", although repair services were available for a price.
This pair was used for a long time at rigorous work. The rowels have worn around the pins in a lopsided manner, making a hole large enough to see - and one that allows the rowel to play to the left and right more than is seen on unused spurs. The left spur shank is very slightly bent and the maker's mark is still visible, but has been worn down from the deep cut that it was originally. The buttons in the yoke have been replaced. Another long-use marker that collectors seek is a bulging or deformation of the spur tine that occurs from years of walking. This amount of wear and specifically the type of wear could only have been the result of years and years of heavy use. The result is a pattern of history that confirms the genius behind the broncho buster design and the beefy construction that allowed this pair of spurs to be used as was intended by the designer and maker. What a fantastic pair of spurs!
This early pair (Inverted "N" places it prior to 1910) was made in the old-fashioned [even for that time] method of chaste iron. The only silver (coin silver) on these spurs is found in the buttons. The adornment is chased iron work that was virtually phased out as a common practice in the late 1890's - after having been the method of choice in spur and bit decoration beginning with the Spanish arrival in North America. This chased iron method suggests an age at the very early end of the date possibility spectrum, since another pair of the same pattern (#6) spurs from the 1920's was made with inlaid coin silver - a more modern method. Click Here to see the 1920's #6 G. S. Garcia Spurs with inlaid coin silver. An example of 1880's Vaquero spurs that are very close to the #6's in style evolution can be seen by Clicking Here.
This pair of spurs is made in the Montana style, a refreshing departure from the use of crescent shapes, sunburst dot patterns and the signature cheek conchos that are to mark so many of the Garcia bits and spurs as well as most others made in the Vaquero style. As these are a deviation from the California / Nevada style of design, they are doubly collectible and well worth adding to any collection. The maker's mark is authentic and period correct. A true piece of Western spur history. Unquestionably early and extremely collectible.
The left spur is stamped "G.S. GARCIA". The ELKO, NEV." The right spur is marked "ELKO, NEV." with the inverted (or Dutch "N"). These spurs measure 3 1/2" Wide at the opening of the yoke / Rowels are 2 & 1/8" in diameter with 14 points. The overall length is 7".
*Dates, personal facts and conversations, etc.. were used with permission from "Legacy of Silver Saddles: G.S. Garcia to J.M. Capriola Co. 1864 to 2004."
G. S. Garcia Silver Engraved Montana Style Spurs with Leathers / Item #SP520 / $3,800.
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