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Spurs and the Great West

#1 Post by nrobertb » Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:17 pm

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.
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#2 Post by nrobertb » Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:34 pm

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.
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#3 Post by Rapidrob » Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:56 am

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.
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#4 Post by nrobertb » 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.
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#5 Post by ffuries » Sun Dec 24, 2017 3:33 pm

nrobertb wrote:
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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!
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#6 Post by nrobertb » Mon Dec 25, 2017 1:38 am

these are the Buermann "horsehead" spurs. He was working in what he called "Hercules bronze". I have a modern copy of these.
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#7 Post by OLDGUNNER » Mon Dec 25, 2017 11:45 am

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.
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#8 Post by nrobertb » Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:18 am

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.
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#9 Post by OLDGUNNER » Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:43 am

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.
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#10 Post by nrobertb » Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:18 am

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
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#11 Post by nrobertb » Thu Dec 28, 2017 6:08 pm

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!
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#12 Post by nrobertb » Fri Dec 29, 2017 5:51 pm

Here is a pair of rodeo bull riding spurs.
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#13 Post by nrobertb » Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:08 pm

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..
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#14 Post by nrobertb » Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:29 am

Some spurs, like this Buermann pair, have heel chains to keep them from riding up. Other cowboys used leather thongs or even baling wire.
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#15 Post by nrobertb » Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:41 pm

"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.
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