Miscellaneous Cowboy Spurs

 


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Double side silver mounted. Even the rowels have engraved silver on each spoke. These California style spurs show a little use but every thing about them is original and intact. The strap pins show a silver poppy design and a different type of flower is engraved in silver above and below the chap guard. The rest of the silver inlasy depicts a flowing leaf or frond design. These are trully magnificent Parade Spurs.



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 These very rare spurs are marked: "Hamley&Co., Pendelton,OR". The design is very unusual in that it provides a rising crescent moon on the shank that is not only very attractive but also serves as a "chap guard". The  engraving depicts "Hearts and Diamonds". Who could ask for more? (Love and Money). The outside strap pins are nicely covered with liberty dimes. The left spur has a 1911 dime and the right spur has a 1913 liberty dime.  I don't know about you, but if I were making these spurs, I would use a nice new dime that really looks good.  Oddly enough, the 1911 and 1913 era at the Hamlley Company had Mr. Mike Morales working in a small shop rented by Hamley, behind the main store, making bits and spurs. He started there in 1910.  Only the ones made in this shop were ever marked with the Hamley logo. Hamley sold other spurs through their catalogue but they were always marked with the suppliers" normal spur markings. Maybe you can see where I'm going with this---I believe these were made by Mike Morales or one of his apprentices, under the guidance or supervision of Mr. Morales, around 1913. It is well kown that he started working at Hamley in 1910. Eventually the Hamley company allowed Mr. Morales the right to also mark the spurs below the spur pin with an M for Morales (no M on these spurs).  These spurs are well worn but are still in excellent condition.   These spurs are made in one piece.  Morales claimed to be the first to ever do this.

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Beautiful Lone Star Spurs.  Several crafstmen have copied the style of these spurs but few match the quality of these spurs. These particular spurs are very well used and have a few issues. The left spur has only one jingle bob remaining, both spurs are without heel chains, and the silver button on the side of the chap guards have been knocked off on both spurs.  Most collectors can find jingle bobs that may come close to matching and spur chains are also available. The silver buttons can be replaced easily by a silversmith.  We like them the way they are because they really were used by some cowboy and the wear shows it.


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Single side mounted Les Garcia spurs. Les was the son of G.S. Garcia. Les and his brother Henry owned and operated the Garcia Saddlery Company in Salinas, California in the mid 1930s. Les was in charge of the Silversmithing work and employed several famous silver craftsmen. The spurs that sold by the company have come to be regarded very highly and are generally called "Les Garcia Spurs".  These spurs are simply marked "GARCIA" and I purchased years ago in the Salinas area. You can look in Joyce Overton's 1997 book, "Cowboy Bits and Spurs, where these exact spurs are shown on pg. 91, which states that these spurs are Les Garcia spurs. Some spur scholars differ on how they were marked over the 20 plus years of operation but few differ as to who made these spurs.

Single mounted spurs marked G S GARCIA inside right spur heelband and ELKO NEV. on the left inside heelband (see marks below). These spurs are $3200 They were probably made after 1910 since the "N" is correct. Spur picture spur picture Spur picture






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Single side silver mounted with fantastic engraving.These are California style spurs with no maker markings.





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Early California Transitional Spurs.  Obviously handcrafted in the two-piece fashion. They have unique, original jingle bobs and the chains appear to also be the originals. You rarely find such fine classical spurs in this condition. These spurs are single (one side) silver mounted with silver inlay on the spur shanks and an overlay along the outside of the heel band.  The heel band has sharp little points rising from the surface and the silver band has be placed over the points to give the spurs a flashy appearance even from a distance. Of course, with these jingle bobs, you would probably hear them coming before you saw them. The handcrafted heel chains are in  perfect condition. 




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Buermann "Hand Forged Steel" Spurs. These spurs are well marked and in excellent condition with a great patina showing their age. Markings are imprinted below each strap pin: On one side is a "star" logo and the the letters Pat'd, on the other side also below the strap pin are the words "Hand Forged Steel". These spurs were listed in one of Buermann's older catalogs as #25 spurs. Buermann gave each design it's own number.

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Buerman's most famous spur. The"OK" spur. A one piece design with 4 strap pins. This particular pair has seen a lot of use and the rowel holes are worn to huge porportions from spinning and rust. The spurs have a great deep rust patina. This spur was patented but the mark is not visable through the wear and rust. If you are a spur collector, these spurs are a "must have". These spurs represent what the real old-time cowboy wore and could afford. They are relatively rare and are the only "correct" pair we  have ever had in our collection. 

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ATTENTION BULL RIDERS Custom made Bull Rider spurs. These are old, professional Bull Rider spurs that  have three overlay pieces of silver plated brass. The overlays are custom engraved with a "D" an "A" and a "T". They also have threaded holes for rowel pins, to keep the rowels from spinning during a ride. Note the additional, larger hole where boot tie-down wiring can be used if desired. These spurs are in great mechanical shape with hair-puller rowels.

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Very old Transitional, California Vaquero Spurs.  Hand Forged. Each spur was made in two pieces and you can see where the shank and heel band join. All four "jingle bobs" match and are correct for the period. The outside of the heel band is "chased" and shows a wave pattern in two rows. The spurs have unusual chap guards, in that they are relatively flat in comparison with other spurs of the period. It appears that one of the rowels may have been replaced at some time in the distant past. You have to look close to see the difference in the rowels. Keep in mind that when these spurs were made, the rowels had to be individually made also. So, they could be both original in our opinion. Both heel chains are old but of different link designs. These spurs are very worn and represent some great Southwest history.

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Crockett Bronc Rider spurs.Marked "Crockett on bottom of each heel band. These are single-side mounted in silver, including the strap pin. A gret pair of "heavy" spurs for show and tough work.

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Buermann straight shank spurs. Very early, late 1800's hand forged. Marked "PAT'D with Star symbol.

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Buermann Star Steel Silver Spurs. These are large Buermann spurs -- 7inches overall length with 2inch rowels that haqve 17 rowel points. A very unusual number. These spurs show a lot of use especially at the center of the rowels, where spinning has caused them to wear the center hole larger. These are marked "Star Steel Silver" followed by a "star" logo.  This is how Buermann marked their patented metal for making spurs. These  are magnificent, rare Buermanns spurs.

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Gal Leg Spurs marked "KW". We have not been able to identify this maker but he was very good at his craft. 

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Double mounted silver inlayed. (showing both sides).Several makers made this style of spur.We can not determine the maker but it is obvious they were made by a great craftsman. These spurs are missing the heel chains (not unusual since most riders take them off because they are difficult to maintain when wallking). These spur show some wear with a few nicks and dents. It is unlikely that a working cowboy would wear such fancy spur every day, so the wear on them probably occured over a consideable expanse of time. Since we do not know the maker, wear is our only indication of age.
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Large Crockett Spurs with chap guards. These are heavy, everyday user spurs. They make a great sound when riding. The Crockett name doesn't always come out clear and readable but it is very clear on this set of spurs.

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