Post by AndyGerman on Jun 18, 2010 17:50:05 GMT -5
Unfortunately that's almost an oxymoron.
It shouldn't be too hard to reproduce the pattern 1859 spur, with either square or rounded-corner strap box, rounded arms with or without a "gutter" on the inside of the yoke, and a rounded rowel shank, all with an unpolished, sand-cast finish. Burgess used to make a near match. Now we have either flat-armed, highly polished nonreproductions or a rough interpretation of the pattern 1872 spur to choose between.
As far as I know, the only two options for something field-worthy at this point are either Nick Sekela's reproduction of a dug Horstmann private-purchase spur with many features of the issue model. I have a pair, and they match well with a dug example I have. Or, you can spend quite a bit more and get a reproduction of a marked Allegheny Arsenal spur (the smaller size 2) cast from a dug example by Hanover Brass. The only problem is the rowel shank, which is crude and needs a good deal of filing to match the original configuration. Otherwise, the spur matches well with my dug example.
If anyone knows of another source for accurate reproductions we'd all benefit from hearing about it. Otherwise, maybe we can cajole our friend Jan Berger into undertaking another of his adventures in authenticity to help all of us cavalry reenactors properly represent that most characteristic feature of our impression.