Field Family Bits and Spurs Value Guide

Field Family

Born:1820 Died: Maker's Mark:

The Field Family produced spurs for 4 generations in Santa Barbara starting around 1870 when Edwin Field (1820-1900?) moved to California and settled. Edwin had two sons John Chester Field (1865-1942) and Frank Field (1865-1942) who both worked in the family shop and produced bits and spurs, their work is unmarked. John Chester had two sons and a daughter Edwin Donald Field (1896-1983), F. Frank Field (1904-1981), and Marguerite J. Field Thornburgh (1899-1985) who was one of the few women known to have produced bits and spurs. F. Frank marked his work “F.F.”, his two siblings did not mark theirs. Edwin Donald had two sons who also worked in the family shop Edwin George Field (born 1920) and Walter Eugene Field (born 1922). The two brothers worked together and marked pieces as “Field Bros.” from 1945-1948, when working for himself Edwin George marked pieces as “E.G. Field”. The Field family had a distinctive style and frequently used silver wire inlay in spurs and placed copper rollers on the cannon of bits, which is a feature unique to their work.

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