Nicasio, CA: Hawk Hill Press, 1997. First Edition. First Edition. SIGNED by the authors. 4to. 336pp. 650 color photographs of pieces from more than 45 distinguised collections. Glossary; Bibliography; Index. Black cloth with red lettering in color printed dustjacket. A fine copy. Item #21162
Focusing on the period between 1840 to 1960, this book provides a history of horsemen from Mexico to Western U.S. and the various styles and uses of bits and spurs. Chronicles 85 craftsmen who created intricately engraved silver bits and spurs, with detailed timelines and biographies for each maker as well as maps of each region locating makers and saddleries between 1860 and 1960. A valuable research tool for anyone interested in cowboy gear.