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Confederate Leech & Rigdon, “Memphis Novelty Works” Spur


Product Description

This is another rare item being offered, it is a Confederate Western Theater spur manufactured by Leech & Rigdon of Memphis, Tennessee. These are sometimes referred to as "Memphis Novelty Works" spurs, as that was the name of the manufacturing company owned by Leech & Rigdon at the beginning of the Civil War.

This cast brass spur has a rounded body and a squared off angled neck. The arms of this spur have a smooth transition into the strap plates. The strap plates have beveled openings for the straps. It would have taken a 1" iron rowel, which is long gone. While this spur does not have the distinctive C S and stars markings of Leech & Rigdon, it is still a product of that firm.

The book "Confederate, US and other Civil War Used Spurs" by Bob Baird shows a good example of this type spur, shown as CS-24, on pages 61 and 62. Also, there is an example of this spur in “Civil War Relics of the Western Campaigns 1861-1865”, by Charles Harris (see pictures).

Years ago, someone marked “CS” in black paint on the inside. This spur is in very nice condition with a beautiful chocolate brown patina. The body of the spur is straight, no twists or bends, also the neck is straight. This spur is just about impossible to find, you see the marked examples from time to time, but unmarked are quite rare. It comes in the glass-top display case pictured. 

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