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post #1 of 9 Old 06-27-2012, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
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Klapper 112number bit

Hey everyone I joined this forum because I have a question about a bit that my dad found and hope to contribute a future discussions. The question I have is about a bit that my dad found and it is marked klapper number 112. This bit is engraved with copper from what i can tell and looks old. My dad didn't know what he had when he found it because when he showed it to some people they started offering what he thought was an outrageous amount of money for just a bit like $200 cash. Now my question to you is this a rare bit? And what is it worth? Also any additional information you may have would be greatly appreciated. I will try to upload a photo of it tomorrow. Thanks







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post #2 of 9 Old 06-27-2012, 09:52 PM
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Tell you dad to hang on to that bit. Klappers bits and spurs have sold for $2000. and up. No wonder those guys were in a hurry to pay $200.
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post #3 of 9 Old 06-27-2012, 10:42 PM
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I have no idea about how much it would be worth, but I can honestly say that is the only bit I've ever seen that had copper accents on the shanks instead of silver. Couple that with it being a Klapper, it may be worth a pretty dang big chunk of money.

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post #4 of 9 Old 06-27-2012, 10:59 PM
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I agree with the above, it is unique and in great shape!

Whatever you do don't take a buffer to it to clean it up, some collectors like the "patina"...the fancy word for dirt and tarnish, LOL

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post #5 of 9 Old 06-27-2012, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies. Now you have me and myhowever dad kind of excited lol. Hopefully i will find out more about this bit as i continue researching. Thanks again and i will not do any cleaning on it.

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post #6 of 9 Old 06-28-2012, 01:03 AM Thread Starter
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Just thought I would share an the update about what I have researched so far. According to a bit and spur book it had to be of been made from 1966-69 because of the way klapper is stamped, each letter is stamped separately and somewhere in 68-69 he started using a complete klapper stamp not individual letters.
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post #7 of 9 Old 06-28-2012, 01:11 AM
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Others have beat me to it, but yep, it's "kind of a big deal" to put it lightly. If your dad does want to sell it, there are a couple reputable guys who deal these bits and they have a sale just once a year (I think) Some people might think re likely it is stolen if you try to sell using online ads (only because these do get stolen every year it seems)
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post #8 of 9 Old 06-28-2012, 01:24 AM Thread Starter
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My dad has no intention of selling it as he is in love with it and even more now that he knows how rare it is. It is not stolen i know that as it was found buried under a big dirt pile of a house he bought here in the texas panhandle which belonged to an old cowboy that passed away. My dad is an avid horse rider and he loves everything related to horses so he most likely will never put it for sale. Thanks
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post #9 of 9 Old 11-21-2014, 12:04 AM
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I do not know if anyone looks at this anymore, but if they do, I have been looking for this bit for a long time. The image is no longer up, but if it is what I think it might be, it has a rafter I brand on it. If so, please reply to this post. I would love an opportunity to talk about the bit and the possibility of buying it.
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