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    Mexican War Silver Spurs of Major General George H. Thomas, used by him throughout his Civil War service. Deemed by many historians to be the most capable general in the Union Army, Thomas's Virginia origins would be a hindrance to his career in the eyes of the U.S. War Department and reigning politicos. It was only his exemplary conduct as a battlefield commander that virtually forced his elevation to eventual command of the Army of the Cumberland. His actions at Chickamauga and Nashville are viewed as among the most brilliant and pivotal of the war.

    Thomas graduated from West Point in 1840, rendering gallant service in the Mexican war, resulting in brevets for his actions at Monterey and Buena Vista. These spurs most likely have their origins at that point in his career, showing a strong Mexican influence, most notable in the long rowel posts and the large thirteen point rowels. The spurs are entirely hand fabricated of low grade silver and utilize an extra reinforced strap loop at the base of the rowel posts to prevent the vertical movement of the spurs on the boots. Very sturdy with brass washers on the rowels. The spurs are in perfect untouched condition . Also included is a Civil War period Brady/Anthony Carte de Visite portrait of Thomas in his major general's uniform. An historic set of spurs with excellent provenance from one of America's most important military collections.

    Provenance: Norm Flayderman


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
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