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Object Name Spur
Catalog Number 0985.03.00094b
Date ca. 1861
Description Pair (one of two) brass spurs with flat heel band and 16-point rowels; russet leather straps pass through slots in terminal end of heel band.
Material Metal/Brass/Leather
Dimensions H-2 W-3 L-6 inches
Owned Jeremy Francis Gilmer
Provenance Pair of spurs made for Major General Jeremy F. Gilmer from the brass pieces of exploded Federal shells by blacksmiths in Fort Sumter during its siege. Another pair was given to General P.G.T. Beauregard.

"Pair of spurs made of sabots from shells thrown into Fort Sumter and given Gen. Gilmer." (accession ledger)

"The spurs were made of the mouths of exploded Yankee shells (brass bits) by blacksmiths in Ft. Sumter who amused
People Gilmer, Jeremy Francis
Beauregard, Pierre Gustave Toutant (P. G. T.)
Search Terms Fort Sumter
South Carolina
Siege of Charleston
items made from other items
Subjects Blacksmiths
Blacksmithing
Artillery (Weaponry)
Shells (Ammunition)