Alexander BarclayBorn:1820 Died:1881 Maker's Mark:
Alexander Barclay started his saddlery business in Newark, NJ in 1842 at the age of 22, in 1845 Joseph Baldwin became a silent partner in the business and provided funding to keep the business operating until 1860 when Baldwin opened his own independent operation. Both businesses continued operating and Barclay produced bits for the US Army during the Civil War, many marked Civil War era bits can be found with his mark on them. He also produced bits and spurs in the Mexican and California styles for the Western market. In 1866, Barclay sold his business to a 24 year old August Buermann who would expand the business and become a famous maker himself.
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