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El Gato - Bob McBride

Birth place or City of origin: San Francisco
State of origin: CA
Last known City: San Francisco
Last known State: CA
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El Gato is a brand name of spurs that were made and imported for Bob McBride. He originally started having popular old bits and spurs copied by makers in Mexico, primarily by Paulino Aguilar, the Navarro Bros., Bravo Bros., and Lunas family. These pieces exhibit many styles and types of construction because they were making copies of whatever McBride sent. They are easy to identify and date between ’65-’95. The El Gato mark exists in 3 varieties: a block stamp of “EL GATO SAN FRANCISCO”, “EG/SF”, and a script “El Gato”. Paulino began making spurs in 1954.

Bob McBride passed away in 2020

 

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