Atanasio Larios Spurs
Atanasio Larios was born in Mexico and was working in San Jose, California by 1878 when he was listed as a blacksmith in a business directory. He spent most of his life producing bits and spurs for L.D. Stone and later Main and Winchester. His work is of the highest quality and he produced bits and spurs in many styles. Larios was one of the earliest makers who recognized the importance of marking his work and bits are marked with his name on the mouthpiece, while spurs are marked near the buttons. Some of his work is also marked with a horse head stamp and the word “Trademark”. Larios produced bits and spurs with silver inlay and overlay with excellent engraving and floral designs. He is also well known for exquisite chased ironwork usually on the off side of the spur heelband.
Locations He Worked: San Jose, CA
Markings: “A. LARIOS” or stamped image of Horse Head in a Circle with “TRADE MARK” written around it, most work that is attributed to Larios is unmarked, to be able to attribute unmarked spurs to a particular maker, especially one that would increase the value dramatically like Larios, you’ll need the help of an experienced and well respected dealer, or the collecting community likely will not believe you.
Notes: Larios’ works is quite rare and desirable and as such it can also be quite valuable for examples that can be authenticated, and that are in good collectible condition.
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