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Eddy Hulbert

Birth place or City of origin: Chicago
State of origin: IL
Last known City: Hillsboro
Last known State: MT
Start/Birth date: 1898
Death/End date: 1960

Edmund Cummings Hulbert was born to a prominent Chicago family in 1898. His mother died when he was two and his father when he was eleven necessitating his relocation to Cedarvale Dude Ranch at Hillsboro, Montana, near the Wyoming-Montana border. It was here that young Eddie got his training as a horseshoer and blacksmith. According to interviews with people who knew Eddy, it appears that he had no mentor in the making of bits and spurs but was self-taught. Known for his spurs, bits, belt buckles, and jewelry, his style is distinctive and bold, and his designs unique. Much of Hulbert’s work was commissioned by local ranchers and families in the Dryhead, Montana area. where he made his home. By the mid-1920s his talent was recognized by some of the major saddleries with Hamley, Fred Muller and Otto Ernst Catalogs advertising his bits and spurs as part of their line. Hulbert's bits and spurs are frequently marked with a stylized EH.

 

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