H. Messing and SonBorn:1860 Died:1914 Maker's Mark:
"M & SONS SAN JOSE", "MESSING & SON MAKERS SAN JOSE CAL", or "H MESSING & SON"
John Henry Messing was born in Prussia and came to California for where he settled in San Jose. He purchased a saddlery business which he called H. Messing & Sons with his sons John, Rudolph and Fred joining the business. In 1902 John Henry died and his sons Fred and Rudolph continued it, John had left a few years earlier. H. Messing and Sons sold bits and spurs with their name on it but they contracted the work out and did not produce their own products. Most of their pieces were made by makers like Echavarria, Larios, and other San Jose area bit and spur makers.
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