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Jose M & Jesus Tapia

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Start/Birth date: JM 1834 & J1856
Death/End date: JM 1905 & J1931

Illustrious and highly prized 19th and early 20th century California Vaquero bit and spur makers renowned for the elegance and grace of their product which often included very stylized iron work, tendrils and the frequent use of filigree. Tapia's work was seldom marked but surviving signed pieces have his name stamped with individual letters in an almost haphazard but easily identifiable ironic contrast to the exquisite precision of the piece in which they are engraved.


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