A VERY ELEGANT AND FINE LINED silver handle horse riding crop, whip, or quirt featuring raised leaf designs circling the round top knob and bottom base where the rawhide body is comprised of black and tan (natural) braided leather ending in a tightly woven Turks knot. Extending from the Turk's knot is matching double strands of tan leather which is hand laced and becomes the "popper". The tan, tightly braided wrist strap passes through the silver handle and ends with a small tightly woven Turk's knot. Sadly, I do not see any markings on the silver.
CONDITION: Very Good! I have lightly cleaned the silver (just to highlight), the last photograph and a couple of the others show the handle before cleaning. Patina and tarnish is easy to remove, but hard to replace without time and exposure, so I leave enough for the new owner to be comfortable with the age of the item. The only puzzling feature that I see is that the "popper" has had something on each side. There are double slits on the " popper" (like for an item with brads) that I have no idea what was originally there. The wrist strap is strong and shows use, all the braiding and Turk's knots are in excellent condition, and all the leather is original and matches. Very light soiling on the bottom of the "popper". I do not see any repairs.
SIZE: OA LENGTH: 25 1/2": SILVER HANDLE: 3 1/2": BRAIDED LEATHER: 9 1/4": POPPER: 12 3/4"
CIRCA: Late 1800's to early 1900's, possibly older.
SPECIAL NOTE: Quirt was purchased at a cowboy sale and I had always thought it was perhaps a ladies riding quirt from Mexico because of the silver and braid work. I have also wondered if it was English because of their love for hunting.
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