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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.
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