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Civil War Officer's Spur dated "1861", "Christmas Spur" (SOLD)

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This is a great piece being offered, it is a Model 1859 Federal Officer’s Spur. It was authorized under the Regulation 1859 and was issued to the Cavalry officers and many were used in the 1864 cavalry campaigns. This brass spur has a sturdy construction, exterior bar is rounded and is adorned with fancy grooves, interior bar is flat without strengthening groove. The neck is rounded and curved, and the interior has cast in mark, "PATENTED / DEC 24, 1861". With this unique date, collectors refer to this as “The Christmas Spur”. As with a lot of these spurs, being that the rowel was iron, most of it rusted away. It was recovered from the 2nd Manassas Battlefield in Virginia.

The Second Battle of Manassas was fought August 28–30, 1862 in Prince William County, Virginia. It was the culmination of the Northern Virginia Campaign waged by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia against Union Maj. Gen. John Pope's Army of Virginia. The battle was a much larger scale in numbers than the First Battle of Manassas (or Bull Run) fought on July 21, 1861 on the same ground.

This spur is in absolute beautiful condition, very straight and having an untouched original patina. There is an example in “Civil War Artifacts – A Guide for the Historian”, by Howard Crouch (see pictures). It would be very hard to find a nicer example then this one.

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