Spurs and the Great West

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As I said, I had never had a pair of spurs, and from what I am now reading they are not meant to mainly get the horse to go faster, just sideways. Whoever saw a Jockey on a race horse using spurs?
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Very neat pics. i have none myself, but growing up in a ranch area, I saw cowboys wearing then numerous times.

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Here's a pair of Thompson spurs owned by a rider from the Four Sixes Ranch near Guthrie, TX, established in 1900..
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Back in the 1940's some spur makers started advertising "airplane metal" (aluminum).
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Jinglebobs were popular as seen on these Buermann spurs. Old time cowboys would loosen their straps to what they called the "town notch" so their spurs would hang down and rattle on the boardwalks. It was a macho thing I guess.
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I don't know much about spurs, but I'd seen these on top of my dad's shelf as long as I can remember, and when he said he was getting rid of stuff I just had to take them.

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Louis, that is a nice collection of old spurs. Star steel was a trademark of August Buermann. You can google his name for more info. Are there any other markings on any of the spurs?

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On the newer looking one, back left, it's marked crockett, the others don't appear to have any maker marks.

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Oscar Crockett, nice. It looks like one of his later ones. You can google his name as well. Here's a trivia fact: many of the early iron ones were made by cutting up Model T Ford axles.

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Judging from how many Model Ts Laurel and Hardy smashed, they were never in short supply of axles.

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Playing card symbols were a popular spur decoration, as can be seen on this pair by Jones:
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Never knew there was so many variations and styles of spurs. I've always looked upon them as tools of the trade. Looking at these examples I can see how wrong and ignorant I was. Some of them are down right pieces of art, yet still utilitarian which is what I can't wrap my little brain around.
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Many cowboys wanted their names or initials on their spurs, like Pat on this Stephenson pair.
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This is what I wear when I want a little jingle and bling. Colorado Saddlery in Denver has a nice line of well made, reasonably priced spurs.

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For a change of pace, here's my Simco roping saddle. The features date it to late 1930's or early 1940's. It has lace up stirrups. The Blevins quick release stirrup buckles didn't become common until after WWII. It was an inexpensive saddle in its day but very well made as can be seen by the fact that it is still usable. This is the only one I've seen with a brass horn so maybe it was a special order.

Simco was located in Chattanooga TN and is still in business today but their modern saddles are very different from the early ones.
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