Books on the
Art & History of Indian & Cowboy Horse Gear
By Ned & Jody Martin

Bit and Spur Makers in the Vaquero Tradition

Bit and Spur Makers in the Vaquero Tradition | Leather edition

Limited Leather Edition | Sold out

The Leather bound edition is a signed and numbered collector's edition with a mounted and numbered engraved silver concha on the cover. Comes boxed, with beautiful linen slip cover.

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Bit and Spur Makers
in the Vaquero Tradition
ISBN: 0-9659947-0-8

By Ned and Jody Martin

This handsome book features 85 bit-and-spur makers of the far Western states as well as Mexico and the Northeast. Detailed timelines and biographies for each maker as well as maps of each region locate makers and saddleries between 1860 and 1960. 650 stunning color photographs of bits and spurs and details of engraving and maker's marks cover more than 45 distinguished collections.This book is now out of print. The few remaining copies are signed by some of the living makers.

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Also Available in a Pocket Guide | $25.00 plus shipping

This paper-bound, black and white edition features useful, concise information on 100 bit and spur makers of the far western states. The 3” by 7” format fits in your pocket or purse for quick reference. A portable complement to the larger version, it includes indications of collectibility, value and scarcity for each maker no longer living.

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Book Reviews

"Incorporating thorough research, revealing insights and spectacular color plates, this handsome volume is no mere directory of craftsmen, but a fresh departure in western material culture studies. Well-organized and invaluable biographical material is ably combined with an enlightening overview of bit and spur design development over four centuries."

~Richard Rattenbury
Curator of History at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame


"Far more than just a picture book, Ned and Jody's labor of love is more comprehensive, scholarly and satisfying than any previous publication on the subject. it will become the essential reference guide on the subject and should be owned by anyone with either a casual or passionate interest in the lore of the early Western cowboys and the artistry of their craftsmen."

~Joseph J. Sherwood
Dealer, Collector, Appraiser, High Noon Western Collectibles, Los Angeles


"Having quite literally written THE book on bit and spur makers, Ned and Jody Martin have now authored a pure and delightfully useful compact guide to the subject. Not surprisingly, they have added more makers and new reference material to this little compendium. This new effort is the quintessential guide for the collector and the curious."

~Wally Reber
Associate Director, Buffalo Bill Historical Center

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