1897 Robert Fitzsimmons Personally Forged Horseshoe
Robert Fitzsimmons was a noted blacksmith, and he made these decorative horseshoes for people. Measures 5" at widest, 6" tall. Brass and was once plated. Inscribed on top of horseshoe as " From Robert Fitzsimmons to my Friend John E. Barrett, Carson City, March 17, 1897." Near bottom of horseshoe inscribed "Good Luck." Barrett prospected the Forty Mile Country in the mid 1890s, and he was one of the first to reach the Klondike, where he staked a profitable claim in 1897. After selling his Yukon property, he resided for a brief time in Colorado before going to Alaska. Horseshoe has a simulated horse's leg that acts as a "leg" in back of the horseshoe that extends to stand the horseshoe for display. Some tarnishing where horseshoe was plated, overall very good condition.
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