Russ Quiett comes from a long line of antique collectors. He works with his mom, Suze, at the Cheshire Cat in Alpine, and she grew up with her father who also collected and sold antiques. His great grandfather may have also sold and collected valuable artifacts. “I wanted to give something back and add something to the dialogue of the cowboy and ranching heritage and local and regional heritage. I’m focusing on the history of the Marfa shank spur,” he explained.
The Marfa shank spur is largely attributed to Lucio Manriquez, a Shafter artisan. According to Quiett, the style of spur Manriquez developed was a combination of older military cavalry spurs and Kelly’s Devil River spur. Quiett is working to prove that Manriquez was the original designer of the spur, and to learn more about the history of the Marfa shank spur.