Tom HildrethBorn:1856 Died:1908 Maker's Mark:
"TL HILDRETH SAC" or "L HILDRETH"
Tom Hildreth was born on his family’s ranch in California and they moved to San Jose when he was about 10 years old. Tom apprenticed in San Jose as a blacksmith and learned the trade of bit and spur making. He worked producing bits and spurs for saddlery companies and possibly published his own catalog as well. He spent most of his life working in Sacramento, but moved to San Francisco late in his life. Hildreth did mostly inlay work on bits and spurs. He used several different marks over his life which are found by the button on spurs and inside the cheek on bits.
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