MODEL 1859 EARLY
PATTERN OFFICER’S SPURS WITH THE ORIGINAL SPUR STRAPS –
VERY NICE MATCHING PAIR:
in The American Military Spur, by Dorsey, pages
35-38, this pair of Model 1859 Early Pattern
Officer’s Spurs are identified by the square-cornered
strap slot boxes, the five lobed design cast into the
spur below the shank on the outside rear of the spurs,
and the lack of the groove or gutter on the interior
surface of the body of the spurs.
Manufactured in far
lower numbers than the Model 1859 Enlisted Spurs, the
early War production Officer Spurs are seldom found on
the market as a matched set, and almost never are they
found with the full length straps present and intact.
Both of these spurs have
an attractive naturally aged and matching patina, and
are complete with freely turning steel rowels. At some
point the original pebbled finish which remained from
the casting process, and was left “as is” in the early
years of the Civil War, has been polished smooth,
possibly in accordance with the1872
Cavalry Equipment Board, who in submitting their
recommendations for the continued use of existing
equipment and, or the adoption of new equipment,
determined that the “present pattern of spur” was still
serviceable, however they suggested that the rough cast
surface of the Civil War production spurs should be
polished smooth. When their recommendation was
approved, the polished Model 1859 spurs received the new
designation – Model 1872. The officer who wore these
spurs may very well have had them polished smooth to
comply with the new regulations.
There is no misshaping
or damage to either spur.
The original straps are
full length and supple, with some minor evidence of
wear, but no crazing to the surface, and no loss of
finish. The brass wire buckles are both present as are
the standing loops.
Far scarcer than the
Enlisted Pattern Model 1859 Spurs or the later more
elaborately decorated Civil War Officer Spurs, the Early
War production Officer Spurs are seldom encountered.
Complete with the original straps, this pair would be a
special addition to display with a Cavalry Officer’s
sabre and saddle. (0511) $675