National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Inlaid Spur Inlaid Spur
Rendered by Rose Campbell-Gerke (artist), c. 1937
watercolor, graphite, colored pencil, and pen and ink
overall: 27.9 x 35.4 cm (11 x 13 15/16 in.) Original IAD Object: 6" long; 3" wide
Index of American Design
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From the Tour: Folk Arts of the Spanish Southwest from the Index of American Design
Object 25 of 25

Spurs presented an opportunity for embellishment using both leather and metal. While sometimes the heel bands and shanks were left plain, more frequently they were decorated. This example has an engraved silver design in the hand-forged steel. The leather is intricately tooled; in some rare cases, even jewels were set in the leather. This spur was made in California about 1890. Like the saddle, it reflects the tradition of adornment inherited from the Spanish "caballero."

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