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    P.M. Kelly, Magnificent circa 1920s Kelly Bros. "Devil River Specials" spurs. Of all the patterns produced by early master, P. M. Kelly, none is perhaps more rare, desirable, and coveted by collectors than the Devil River Special. Named after the Devil's River that flows along the western edge of the Edwards Plateau and forms the de facto boundary between the Hill Country and West Texas, it was and is one of Kelly's most inspired and impressive patterns. With one-inch heel bands and the largest production rowels made by Kelly, they are visually striking. They were fitted with Kelly's own patented winging buttons, a feature only found on Kelly's largest spur patterns. The "Marfa Style" shanks that this pattern was fitted with were popularized by cowboys of the Big Bend and became a design feature manufactured into spurs by a variety of makers. The Marfa shank was developed regionally by local blacksmiths in the Big Bend country of Texas. As the Texas Style emerged, the Marfa shank became synonymous with it. The pattern was certainly developed by Kelly with the primary market being Big Bend and West Texas. The pattern sold for a princely $10 in the 1920s when the average pair of Kelly's spurs was $5. By the 1930s, the Devil River Special pattern had lost favor as styles became smaller, and the Depression left fewer range cowboys in a position to pay their handsome price. Few pairs of Devil River Specials have surfaced to date with fewer still that enjoy the fine all-original condition of these. The absolute acme of early Texas spurs.

    P.M. Kelly manufactured spurs under the "Kelly Bros." and "KB&P" brand between 1910 and 1939 in Dalhart and El Paso, Texas. He was widely recognized as one of the most talented and important of a handful of the early pioneers who developed what became known as the Texas Style spur. Courtesy of Bruce Bartlett, San Antonio. Consigned Lot




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