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Spurs are 0ne of a cowboy’s riding animal management tools (horses, mules, steers, etc.), inherited like most such things, primarily from the Mexican Vaqueros. No self-respecting cowboy could operate without a good pair. Right now, most of the spurs shown here are mine and I don’t own anything particularly exciting but it is a least a start. These are all “working class” spurs, nothing fancy. I’d be delighted to find someone with a spur collection who would allow Old West Daily Reader to add their photos to this section.

Here’s is a small collection of Mexican spurs from tourist el-cheapo to two pair of nicely made, old working spurs.

Low end Mexican spurs 02 - SpursLow end Mexican spurs 01 - SpursI really can’t say how long I have had these two pairs of Mexican Spurs; maybe forty or fifty years? The pair on the left are about as low as it goes in quality, probably a tourist trap item. The pair on the right are some better and actually usable. At least they sport jingle-bobs. Makers unknown. – Doc

Nice Mexican working spurs /w bell - SpursNice Mexican working spurs w/ jingle bobsThese two pairs are really nice Mexican made working spurs. Solid, nice decoration, every day get it done spurs. I added the camel bell to the left hand pair many years ago as they didn’t have jingle bobs and I guess I wanted some bling back when I was doing more gunfights. The right hand pair are the ones I usually use both for riding and performance. Old timers would wonder why I never put ’em in the sand bank to rust up proper like, sorry. I think both pair are by the same maker, unknown to me. – Doc


U.S. Cavalry spurs c. 1930's - 40's - SpursThis is the pair I have owned for the longest time. I purchased these at The Denver Army Store at 14th and Larimer in Denver, CO. I’m guessing very early 1950’s. These are regulation U.S. Cavalry issue, not much different from those used in the west. Stamped, U.S. over W.L., inside the band at the heel. – Doc Photos: U.S. PD, Doc OWDR Spurs US over WL mini




Bronze Spurs - SpursThis pair is probably the most unusual set of spurs I own. They are bronze rather than steel, cast I’m sure, like the military spurs just above, instead of forged like the four  pairs of Mexican spurs. No makers mark is to be found. – Doc




Cavalry style spurs w/ small rowels - Spurs


Modern commercial gold-plated spurs in the military/English style but with small rowels; small and sharp. No makers mark, I’ve had these at least thirty-five  years. – Doc



Crockett spurs - SpursA nice simple pair of working spurs by Oscar Crockett.  The photographer points out that these spurs have chap guards, rowels and buttons for the straps.  These old boys have been rode hard and put up wet more than a few times and they are still rarin’ to go! Photo: U.S. PD? by Cowboy Wisdom via Wikipedia.  [001}





Sims spurs - SpursModern, American made; very nice, heavy duty working spurs. Marked: “Sims – R” I bought ’em new and I’ve had ’em for years. They have some wear but they’re still quite good looking. – Doc







I’d be delighted to find someone with a spur collection who would allow
Old West Daily Reader to add their photos to this section.

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