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This is a fantastic example of the workmanship from the late R.F. Ford. Mr. Ford began making spurs in the early 70's and was a horseshoer and cowboy by trade. He started making bits and spurs full time because of an injury to his back in 1984. All of his knowledge about spur making he aquired himself, and began taking orders from others after his initial appearance at the Ft. Worth furturity. From his expierence as a cowboy and his knowledge of forging metals, he was able to make a very nice piece of hardware for the working cowboy. His fine attention to detail, fine engraving and overall ability, made his bits and spurs very disireable.
These spurs are marked R.F. FORD SAN ANGELO TX. NO. 1186 and feature 20 pieces of engraved silver mounting, large buffalo heads on the outside and smaller ones on the inside, mounted buttons, 3/4''-1 3/8'' bands, 2 13/16'' shanks with chap guards, 2 3/16'' 10 leaf clover style rowels, and 3 1/8'' heel openings.
Because of the useability and the perfection in his works, R.F.'s pieces are highly sought after and will fit great in many collections as well as go straight onto the boots of working cowboys. Great information on R.F. can be found on pages 138-139 of Ned and Jody Martin's book: "Bits and Spurs - Motifs, Techniques and Modern Makers"