Lot 227: Goldberg/Staunton/Estrada California Bit and Spur Set
Fabulous Gus Goldberg/M.B. Staunton/John Estrada California Bit & Spur Set. Extremely coveted double snake pattern spurs crafted by John (Juan) Estrada for Gus Goldberg. Marked inside the heal band "G. S. S. Co - Winnemucca Nev - J.E." The fully overlaid bands feature a pair of intertwined snakes, 4 small buttons and vine engraving. The shanks extend 2 1/2" and hold 20 point, 2" rowels. Double heel chains on swinging tabs. The straps are period with deep floral carving and original, high domed, engraved sterling conchos.
The classic Santa Barbara style spade bit with distinctive precision Estrada engraving exhibits the same makers stamp on the inside of the cheek piece. John Estrada (1865-1942) began his illustrious career as a master engraver in the 1880s in San Luis Obispo before moving to Garcia's shop in Elko in the 1890s. In 1910 Estrada traveled to Winnemucca working with Gus Goldberg for the next 15 years. Estrada's work is one of the most sought artisans for the finest California bits and spurs by discerning collectors. Excellent condition, circa 1910-1916.
Brian Lebel's High Noon Auction - January 23, 2016