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#121 Post by nrobertb » Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:15 pm

Nels and Tom Qualey started making bits and spurs in Idaho in the 1920's.
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#122 Post by nrobertb » Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:14 pm

Some of the old time cowboys used to braid reins and bridles from horsehair. Here's a really fancy one produced in one of the territorial prisons in the 1890's. It recently sold at auction for over five thousand dollars. Collecting this old western gear is a rich mans hobby.
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#123 Post by nrobertb » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:15 pm

James Bass of Tulia, Texas has great variety in his work because he let the customers choose their own designs.
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#124 Post by nrobertb » Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:15 pm

These days there are numerous types of saddle blankets and pads designed to reduce wear and tear on a horse's back. Old time cowboys just threw a wool blanket on the horse and then their saddle. The photo is an old hand woven wool Navajo saddle blanket.
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#125 Post by nrobertb » Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:46 pm

Another initial pair by Klapper.
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#126 Post by nrobertb » Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:01 pm

I don't know the maker of these. The shape of the heel bands is unusual as are the loose rowels.
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#127 Post by nrobertb » Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:20 am

The late Earlon Shirley made spurs for big names like Charlie Daniels and Michael Martin Murphy, as well as for ordinary cowboys. He did this pair of award spurs for the Western Heritage Classic in Abilene, Texas. Compare these with the other WCH pair on p. 4 of this thread.
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#128 Post by 72 usmc » Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:08 am

Not sure how good it is, but it has some interesting reads for this new Cowboy & Indians section :)

http://www.cowboyshowcase.com/articles.html
http://www.cowboyshowcase.com/history.html

I was into barb wire collecting, but spurs are a top end collectable rarely seen in WI antique stores.
Maybe we need a Cowboy and Indian section? What do French or British Army spurs look like ?
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#129 Post by nrobertb » Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:00 pm

Thanks for the link. Lots of good info. there. I don't know anything about foreign spurs but I found this photo labelled 1870's British military.
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#130 Post by nrobertb » Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:41 pm

Whenever prices rise high enough in a collecting field, the fakes start to appear. According to the website listed by 72 USMC, fake Blanchard spurs have been showing up on ebay. The photo is one such. As usual, the more you know, the less likely you are to be cheated.
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#131 Post by nrobertb » Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:58 pm

And, a word about stirrups...now you can buy everything from hoops to platforms that are 4" wide. Being a traditionalist I favor the old style wooden bow 2" wide strengthened by a galvanized steel band. Sometimes they are wrapped with leather to prevent wear.
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#132 Post by nrobertb » Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:50 am

Tapaderos will protect feet and ankles in thick brush, and prevent the foot from accidentally sliding all the way through the stirrup.
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#133 Post by nrobertb » Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:44 pm

The proper way to ride a stirrup: weight on the balls of the feet and heels down. This gives the most stable platform if the horse does something unexpected, which does happen.
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#134 Post by nrobertb » Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:52 am

This is Homer and I in a quiet moment. Homer is spooky, but clever. He has been known to untie himself and then go down the hitching rail, untying the other horses.

He once almost threw me when he suddenly spotted a terrifying trail signpost. When riding a horse, it pays to be ready for the unexpected.
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#135 Post by nrobertb » Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:06 pm

Back to spurs. Edward Bohlin operated in Hollywood for many years, providing movie stars and western fans with spurs, buckles, jewelry and over 12,000 silver mounted saddles, many of which are still seen in the annual Rose Parade.

He did this silver and gold pair for the 1986 Texas sesquicentennial:
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