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EXTREMELYRARE ALL ORIGINAL J R MCCHESNEY STYLE #8 FINE SILVERFULL DOUBLE MOUNTED SPURS & STRAPS CIRCA 1896. J R McChesney was the earliest of the "BIG 3" bit and spur producers, along with Oscar Crockett and P M Kelly,starting in the late 1800's. These very early Mc Chesney hand forged,fine silver mounted spurs are asplendid example of thequality handmade cowboy tools created and produced by these craftsmen. The spursare 5 3/4" in overall length, with a 3" depth and a 3"spread at the boot entry point. The silver mounted heel band is 5/8" wide with a 2 3/4" shank and a 1 3/8" diameter,20 point #8 saw tooth rowel. McChesney forged and fabricated many of his products from a single piece of steel, often using a single harrow tooth for each 1 piecespur and/or bit. Harrow teethwere used because of their high quality metal content, strengthand durability. The finesilver overlaid gal leg style was apopular pattern of the McChesney product line, depicting a shapely, hand engravedfemale leg with patterned silk stockings, a decorative garter and laced silver lady slippers.These scarce Texas style spurswould have been one of the very early pairs produced by McChesneyin Gainesville, TX. Many experts have arguablycredited McChesney with originating thegal leg motif. However he was, all agree without question,one of the most prolific and innovative producers of that frontier design. The McChesney products were produced for nearly 40 years without a trademark. McChesneystampedonly a precious few of hisearly pieces with the notably rare"Arm & Hammer" mark, lightly struck on the heel band, below the silver overlaid stationary strap button.*Of these few early marked pieces produced, even fewerhave survived. This is one of thosescarce markedpairs. The period straps are of strong and pliable oil tanned 8-9 oz bridle leatherbutarenot original. The spurshave been quietly held in a 4th generation collection dating backover 100 years. They would be a treasured addition to any fine historic collection. Theyappear to have been usedvery sparingly if at all. Please review thedescription and photos carefully and email with questions.
*(See Bit and Spur Makers in the Texas Tradition by Ned and Jody Martin and Kurt House pp 178-186).
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