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Dear Mike, My grand­fa­ther at­tended the Win­nipeg Stam­pede in 1913 when he was a young boy and he brought home this sou­venir brass spur, about an inch-and-ahalf in length. I don’t know if there was an ac­tual minia­ture boot in­side, but if so then it’s long gone. One of the teeth on the rowel is slightly chipped but it’s a very nice piece of Win­nipeg his­tory. If you have any other in­for­ma­tion about it, or an es­ti­mated value, it would be much ap­pre­ci­ated. Mur­ray P. Win­nipeg Dear Mur­ray, You have a won­der­ful sou­venir of the 1913 Win­nipeg Stam­pede. Here is a brief his­tory of the event. The first Cal­gary Stam­pede was held in 1912 and the fol­low­ing year it came to Win­nipeg. The stam­pede was halted dur­ing the First World War, and it went back to Cal­gary in 1918, where it re­mains to this day. The spur you have is very col­lectible lo­cally as well as to Cal­gary Stam­pede col­lec­tors. In its cur­rent con­di­tion, it would sell for $150 to $200.

Mike Huen is an an­tique dealer and owner of Mike’s Gen­eral Store in Win­nipeg. If you would like to have an item ap­praised, please in­clude a photo with your ques­tion. Email ques­tions to mike@mikesgen­er­al­ and put “Free Press” in sub­ject line, or write to Mike’s Ap­praisals,

52 St. Anne’s Rd., Win­nipeg, MB, R2M 2Y3.

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