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ANTIQUE 12 SNAKE 2 PATTERN
SILVER ENGRAVED GOLD WASHED
FANCY STRAP SPURS
ASK A MODERN SPUR MAKER IF HE COULD MAKE, AND WHAT HE WOULD CHARGE TO HAND FORGE, HAND CHISEL, HAND SILVER INLAY AND HAND ENGRAVE A PAIR OF CUSTOM MADE TO ORDER SPURS LIKE THIS USING ONLY SIMPLE HAND
12 RATTLE SNAKE 3 DIMENSIONAL FIGURAL SPURS
SILVER INLAID, ENGRAVED GOLD WASHED CUSTOM MADE
TO ORDER AMOZOC SPURS WITH 2 PATTERN
SNAKE HEELBANDS, SHANKS AND BUTTONS
IN MINTY objects, such as spurs, bits, match safes, etc., have always been "Top of the Line"; the most distinctive, unusual, scarce and expensive to create and own. In spurs, there are only a few figural designs; Eagle shanks, heel band & shank bird designs, and, of course, Rattlesnake motifs. There are "Single Snake" designs (just the heel band or shank), "Double Snake" designs (heel band, shank or buttons), and the most ornate and desirable, the "Triple snake" designs; i.e., the heel bands, shanks and buttons all have matching a Snake Motif. Spurs that are "Double Patterned"; i.e., have different patterns on the outside and inside, are all custom, top of the line spurs. This fancy two pattern double silver mounted, engraved & gold wash found on these custom made spurs were expensive; and allowed the wearer to simply change the spur straps to opposite buttons to have either side of the heel bands worn toward the outside. Thus, he had two different spur designs in the same pair of spurs.
This is a Fine pair of Minty, superb quality, hand made custom fancy double heel band patterned, with 16 individual cutouts, hand silver inlaid, hand engraved, gold washed, 3 dimensional 12 Snake spurs, with fine craftsmanship and original bluing that have seldom been on a boot. This double pattern is much more work, more costly, and only found on a custom made to order pairs of spurs. These spurs are painstakingly inlaid with dozens and dozens of hand chiseled inlays; then, meticulously inlaid with silver, hand engraved, blued, and gold washed. The overall quality is superb, and done by the hands of Master craftsmen. Only a wealthy Charro like the Head of the Spread would have been able to commission such a fine pair of custom made spurs.
This Snake pattern is a known earlier pattern done by Luna, the Maestro of South of the Border spurs (see page 79 of the Bit and Spur Makers in the Vaquero Tradition). Luna of Amozoc is known for their Rattlesnake designs, but only a handful of Luna spurs exist; engraved by the Old Man, Meliton. I have seen a less than a dozen pairs of Luna spurs; both marked and unmarked; and they never used the same snake pattern more than once. They also had a couple of exclusive spur patterns known only to them, which is one of their signatures. If this pair were Maker marked by Luna, they would be 25 thousand; if Luna made but unmarked, these would be 10-15 thousand. These spurs are heavy for their size; 2 pounds 12 ounces. They are completely hand made in the old style; i.e., hand forged, hand filed, hand chiseled, hand filigreed, hand engraved, hand silver inlaid and hand gold washed. Being handmade, the dimensions vary slightly. The inside measurement of the heel bands at the open end is about 3"; a full Man sized spur. These heavy duty spurs, measure about 6" long overall, with heavy 15/16" thick heel bands that are 1 1/4" tall. It is very difficult to chisel, inlay and engrave a curved surface like the outside and inside heel bands, shanks & buttons. The engraver used fine line engraving, stippled (textured) engraving, zig zag engraving and punch dot decoration for contrast. This is only found on high end, custom made spurs. There are a few variations in rattlesnake patterns; and this pair has scarce and desirable figure 8 coiled rattlesnake motif with an elongated tail. They also have double patterns; i.e., the owner can reverse the spur straps and have 2 different patters of snake spurs.
The outside heel bands have a coiled rattlesnake pattern with 2 cut outs and a double line of silver inlaid borders that are zig zag engraved. This outside rattlesnake has crescent shaped rattle snake scales; each hand chiseled, hand silver inlaid, and hand engraved with a stippled (textured) back ground and a center punch dot decoration; and gold washed. The snake head also silver inlaid gold washed eyes. The inside heel bands also have the same profile as the outside heel bands with 2 cut outs, but are delicately inlaid with 8 parallel lines; each hand chiseled, hand silver inlaid, zig zag hand engraved, and gold washed. The snake head also has silver inlaid gold washed eyes.
The shanks are 1 13/16 long and very wide 3/4" across, made with 1/4" thick stock. The outside shanks have a hand chiseled, hand silver inlaid, hand engraved crescent shaped rattle snake scales with textured backgrounds & punch dot decoration in a coiled 3 dimensional rattlesnake pattern, en suite with the outside heel band; but in a much smaller, more detailed size, with a double silver inlaid zig zag engraved gold washed line borders. The snake heads also have silver inlaid gold washed eyes. The inside shanks have 5 hand chiseled, hand silver inlaid, hand zig zag engraved gold washed parallel pattern in a coiled 3 dimensional rattlesnake pattern, en suite with the inside heel band. The snake heads also have silver inlaid gold washed eyes.
The outside swinging buttons are hand forged, about 1 1/4" across, hand chiseled, hand silver inlaid, hand engraved with crescent shaped scales, textured backgrounds & punch dot decoration in a 3 dimensional coiled rattlesnake pattern, with line engraved zig zag borders and gold washed; en suite with the heel band and shank. The snake heads also have silver inlaid gold washed eyes. The inside swinging buttons are hand forged, about 1 1/4" across, hand chiseled, hand silver inlaid, hand engraved with line zig zag engraved pattern in a 3 dimensional coiled rattlesnake pattern, and gold washed; en suite with the inside heel bands and shanks. The snake heads also have silver inlaid gold washed eyes. All the buttons are secured to the swingers with hand peened Iron pins. All 4 Iron button swingers are identical, with rounded formed ends that rotate on the heel band shaft, the tops are rounded smooth, and the pins are finished flush with the swingers, as only found on custom spurs.
These spurs were made in Amozoc, Mexico, the spur capitol of Mexico for centuries; as identified by the Amozoc style rowels. Both the inside and outside hand forged 8 tined Amozoc style rowels are silver inlaid & engraved. Each individual rowel tine is inlaid with a silver panel that is hand engraved with zig zag decoration and punch dot decorations; then gold washed. There are a total of 32 individual silver inlaid engraved gold washed panels on each rowel, for a total of 64 silver inlaid, engraved gold washed panels just on the rowels. As found on custom spurs, the tines taper slightly from center towards the ends in the side view, and taper slightly from the center to the tips in the top view. Being hand made, they vary slightly and are about 2 3/4" in diameter. The outside rowel pins are bullet shaped with 6 triangular shaped silver inlays. The inside rowel pins have small silver domed washers. The overall bluing is gun bluing; the same bluing process found on Antique firearms. South of the Border patrons have always like shiny, flashy, eye catching horse trappings & accoutrements. Spur & bit makers discovered in the 1950's that the gun blue was shiny and more showy than the traditional charcoal bluing; and thus began using this more eye appealing and flashy bluing on some of their spurs. Almost all of the original bluing remains, including the inside of the heel bands. There is some wear to the blue on the inside heel band where it meets the shank from wearing on a boot; but all the gold wash remains intact on the outside of the spurs. As are typical on old Mexican spurs, they are not maker marked; unlike the mass produced later spurs being produced for the last few decades.
These spur are in minty condition, but have some genuine aging. There is light natural patina overall. The gold wash is very delicate, and can almost be rubbed off with the fingers. All the gold wash is intact, and has slightly dulled by handling over the years. It is extremely hard to photograph the gold wash on the spurs; but when holding the spurs, the gold is very pronounced and very flashy. Gold wash is only found on custom made to order spurs, and is as fancy and you can have a spur made.
These spurs are complete with fine, fancy custom made 2" wide pitiado (cactus fiber) hand embroidered spur straps that are deeply 3 dimensionally embroidered with a leaf center panel, with a traditional Aztec double borders. The pitiado border goes all the way to the narrow end of the spur strap with nickel plated roller buckles with a strap keeper. The straps are lined in tan pig skin leather.
These finely detailed spurs are in investment style & condition; and appear to have been on a boot only a few times. The spurs have never been cleaned or polished; and if cleaned once, the gold wash would easily removed; yet all the told wash remains intact. I have left these in untouched condition that collectors love to see; as found 15 - 20 + years ago, and not even treated the leather straps. These fancy, finely hand forged, hand silver inlaid, hand engraved golds washed figural 12 Rattle snake spurs come from South of the Border, down Old Mexico way; and are a lost art in hand made spurs. Very few artisans have the knowledge and experience to create a Masterpiece such as figural 12 Rattlesnake spurs. The current makers in Mexico are now a dying breed, and are not considered spur makers; but "Artistas". They prefer to make more $ making standard patterns and more quantity of spurs in the same amount of time. These flashy, fancy, 2 pattern 12 Rattlesnake custom made spurs would be the Centerpiece of any fine spur, Equestrian, Cowboy, Cowgirl, Vaquero, Charro, Charrita, Mexican, Old West, Western, Wild West, South of the Border, Folk Art, or Western Americana Collection; or any office, den or Man Cave SELLER'S RETURN POLICY DOES NOT DISPLAY THE CORRECT SHIPPING U.S.A. & INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING, HANDLING, DELIVERY
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