Written by Patrice Maul & Jack Ferguson with Mike and Gretchen Graham
First Edition Signed by Patrice Maul, May 25, 1995 #468/1000
"Prison spurs, as a group, are traceable to a number of penal institutions. The Colorado State Penitentiary, and her inmates have been targeted here for a couple of reasons. Primarily, the fame, among collectors, of one John Cox was a natural starting point. Then, of course, the prison is located in Colorado - the author's home base of operations. And Jack Ferguson's field of expertise, as a spur maker, is the Canon City reproduction. His technical contributions and insights have been invaluable to this project.
It's always best to start at the beginning, and the case in point is no exception. The story of Colorado's prison spurs is inexorably tied to the histories of the penitentiary and Canon City, so the opening chapters are devoted to familiarizing the reader with the locale, the institution, and the gentlemen around whom the lives of some of the best of the inmate spur makers revolved.
The men themselves require no explanation. They were men from different backgrounds, who came from all over, and shared one common trait - the tendency to criminal behavior. By no means, is it our intention to glorify them in the tradition of, say, the James boys, or Billy the Kid - even if we have, in dealing with them, developed some affection for them. They are still 'bad guys', but what they accomplished deserves recognition."
Chapters include; A Bit of Background A Man Who Made Things Happen A Number, A Name, A Face The Inmate Spur Maker Canon City Spur ...and Bits Reproducing the Past Some Notes on Engraving Appendix A, B, & C And an extensive Bibliography
Includes Jack Ferguson's personal business card from his Canon City Spur Company
Soft cover Profusely illustrated In like new condition with one lightly bumped corner
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