Spurs have been around for a couple of thousand years, worn by Celtic, Roman, and Arabian horsemen alike. In all that time, the design of spurs has changed little. A spur’s yoke is still secured to the back of the boot heel by straps. At the outside-bottom part of the yoke is a shank, which is often, but not always, adorned at its end with a decorative, spiked, rotating rowel.

While some spurs were made for English riding styles—the Prince of Wales, the Waterford—the spurs of the popular imagination are those made in the 19th-century American west, particularly in the Southwest, where the influence of Mexican jewelers and silversmiths had an huge impact on the design of these tools to spur horses to action.

While English spurs were, for the most part, restrained in their design, Western spurs were big and ornate, supplemented by leather chaps guards. The shanks of English spurs were usually flat or rounded at their ends, intended to command horses in precise movements rather than driving them hard after runaway cattle. Western spurs were loud in design and sound—rowels that were fitted loosely so they’d jingle and jangle are known as pajados.

In recent years, decorative motorcycle spurs have gained popularity among those who prefer iron two-wheeled horses to real ones.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Ventagli.org

Ventagli.org

Anna Checcoli's homage to the beauty and art of hand fans ('ventagli,' in Italian). Use the left-hand nav to browse… [read review or visit site]

The Wheelmen

The Wheelmen

This elegant tribute to turn-of-the-century bicycling includes memorabilia, photographs, and an index of 3140 bicyc… [read review or visit site]

Antiquespectacles.com

Antiquespectacles.com

Dr. David Fleishman's comprehensive spectacles site (over 3500 images), in collaboration with museums around the wo… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Most watched eBay auctions    

O. Crockett Old Antique Sterling Silver Iron Highly Collectible Horse SpursLot 9 Antique 1860-1900 Western Mexican Single Spurs - CheapVintage Sterling Silver Inlaid Engraved Fleming Buckaroo Large Rowel Horse SpursAntique Vintage 8 Point Silver Inlay Parade Cowboy Spurs 6.5" RowelsVintage Horse Head Spurs W/ Leather Straps Buckles North & Judd Collect Or Use Antique Western Buermann Long Shank Spurs CollectableWestern Silver And Copper Monted Handmade Gooseneck Spurs With StrapsCrockett Silver Mounted Spurs With StrapsSet Of 2 Antique/ Vintage .925 Sterling Silver Gaucho Boot Heel Caps/ GuardsAntique Vintage August Buermann Indian Head Western Spurs Antique Western North & Judd Spurs Long Shank Vintage Silver Mounted Spurs Snake DesignAntique Mexican SpurVintage Aluminum 1940-50 Walla-walla Prison Spurs W Straps- Santa FeSix Saddle Conchos Silver Mounted Handmade? No/resAntique Western O K Spurs Buermann 1890'sNice Set Of Handmade Western Spurs By Texas Builder Mark Thomas1989~colorado Saddlery~montana Centennial~cowboy Spurs W/coin Silver Decor~Vintage Cowboy SpursOld Western Cowboy Spurs Chased Dropped Shank Pat'd Feb.6 1877/no Heel ChainsExcellent Never Cleaned..4 Leaf Clover Western Decor Cowboy Spurs..straps..Antique Spur With Mexican Rowl And Jingle BobsVintage Cowboy Country Spur Inlay Western Cattle Horse Old Pair Of High End Colorado Saddlery Brass & Chrome Show Boot Spurs Denver WowVintage Antique Western Collectible One Spot Handmade Cowboy SpursOld, Brass Tooled Spur For A Boot. 1880's Or 1940's Not Sure Of Age. Nice DesignVintage Western Spurs By RoyHand Engraved Case Trapper KnifeVintage Chilean Cowboy Vaquero Gaucho Wedding Spurs Ornate 42 Points 4" RowelsLarge Vintage Iron Conquistador Decorator Spur Spurs With 4-1/2 Inch Spiny RowelChap/hobble Ring Maker MarkedVintage Spurs Horse Depose Nickel Western Riding Leather Cowboy CountryHandmade D Crews Matching Bit And SpursRare Antique August Buermann Vintage Collectible Spurs W/ Leathers StarVintage Antique Childs Or Lady's Cowboy Western Spur One Old Cowboy SpurVintage Spur Ww-1 EraVintage Kelly Bronc Riding Chrome Steel Rodeo Spurs Cowboy Used ColoradoSilver Gal Leg Buckaroo Spur Spurs Mens Horse Saddle Large Rowel CowboyVintage Collector August Buermann Calvary Spurs Stamped U.s. A.b.with StrapsBasket Tooled Cowboy Spur Straps Spurs