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Spurs and the Great West

Posted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:17 pm
by nrobertb
I’ve always thought that spurs are a great American art form. I’m not a collector but I’ve had a few pairs over the years. The first pair I owned were these made by Texan Oscar Crockett, a blacksmith who started making spurs commercially in 1916.
I bought them in an antique store in Utah for $20 and eventually sold them for $340.
I’ll bet some of you westerners have a pair hanging up somewhere.

Re: Spurs

Posted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:34 pm
by nrobertb
These are gen-u-wine M-1911 U.S. Army cavalry spurs made by the August Buermann Mfg. Co. I bought them in an army surplus store in Colorado Springs in 1963. Eventually I sold them to Buermann's granddaughter, who wanted something to remember him by.

Re: Spurs

Posted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:56 am
by Rapidrob
My Dad was in the Calvary in the early 30's. My sister had his spurs just like the one's you posted. He traded in his horse "Chowhound" for a tank.

Re: Spurs

Posted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:55 pm
by nrobertb
These are show spurs by Garcia. Don't own them but wish I did. They are a great example of how a relatively simple design can be drop dead gorgeous.

Re: Spurs

Posted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 3:33 pm
by ffuries
nrobertb wrote: Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:55 pm These are show spurs by Garcia. Don't own them but wish I did. They are a great example of how a relatively simple design can be drop dead gorgeous.

Amazing how something so simple and utilitarian can be a work of art!

Re: Spurs

Posted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 1:38 am
by nrobertb
these are the Buermann "horsehead" spurs. He was working in what he called "Hercules bronze". I have a modern copy of these.

Re: Spurs

Posted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 11:45 am
by OLDGUNNER
I was in an RCMP office one time in St. Johns, Newfoundland and a RCMP officer came to work riding his motor bike, in full Red Dress Uniform. He came in the door and took off his spurs and hung them on a coat-rack...just like the ones pictured with the rounded short bar. Now that is pride in work, or is it not.

Re: Spurs

Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:18 am
by nrobertb
The award or presentation spurs are always interesting. These were awarded at the Southern Colorado Regional Rodeo for the best working cow horse in 1998.

Re: Spurs

Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:43 am
by OLDGUNNER
When I was about 10 my dad bought a horse and said here it’s yours to take care of, just to help me learn responsibility. And I never had a saddle or spurs. At the time Tandy Leather sold Saddle Kits for $35, but I didn’t have the $35. Heck, probable no more than a buck and a half.

Re: Spurs

Posted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:18 am
by nrobertb
During the late 19th and early 20th centuries prisons in at least three states had machine shops they allowed prisoners to use. This is an example of prison made spurs

Re: Spurs

Posted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 6:08 pm
by nrobertb
These are typical Mexican spurs. They favor wide heel bands and long spiky rowels. The small hole is to insert a pin if you don't want the rowel to rotate. OUCH!

Re: Spurs

Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 5:51 pm
by nrobertb
Here is a pair of rodeo bull riding spurs.

Re: Spurs

Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:08 pm
by nrobertb
Blanchard spurs are recognizable by wide heel bands and relatively thin and sometimes short shanks. It looks like this cowboy rode for the 7L Ranch, a division of the Boyt Ranch in Texas, started in 1904..

Re: Spurs

Posted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:29 am
by nrobertb
Some spurs, like this Buermann pair, have heel chains to keep them from riding up. Other cowboys used leather thongs or even baling wire.

Re: Spurs

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:41 pm
by nrobertb
"Gal leg" spurs were popular with old time cowboys. That's probably as close as a lot of them ever got to a woman's leg.