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J F Echavarria - J. F . Echavarria

Birth place or City of origin:
State of origin: Chili
Last known City: San Jose
Last known State: CA
Start/Birth date: 1847
Death/End date: 1917

Early California Bit and Spur maker renowned for his exceptional iron work and fine silver engraving. Echavarria made spurs for many of the pioneer San Jose makers including the two biggest, F M Stern and Messing and Sons. Chilean born, Juan arrived in the States at age 22 settling in San Jose, California where he became a blacksmith, then a bit and spur maker. By the turn of the century his reputation was widespread, making spurs for Main and Winchester and his spurs appeared in the L D Stone catalogue clearly marked with his name. Frequently used maker-mark: J.F. Echavarria, S. Jose.

 

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