Cowboys in the old American West used to wear spurs while riding their horses as a way to signal commands to the horse. By using spurs, the cowboy was able to keep control of the horse, while at the same time freeing up the use of their hands and upper bodies. Although spurs had been around since Medieval times, they were introduced to the cowboys in America by Spanish conquistadors who brought them over from Mexico. The cowboys incorporated the spurs into the training of wild horses so that they could be used to help herd and tend to cattle. Western spurs were the main method used to signal a horse to move in a certain direction.
Vintage Western Cowboy Spurs
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Vintage spurs are a highly collectible item for those people who want to own a little piece of history from the days of the Old West. Western spurs typically come with rowels and chap guards and have buttons on the spur straps. American spurs from the days of the cowboy are also especially popular for an authentic look for old west re-enactments.
Antique Western Spurs
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Vintage spurs in both western and military styles can be found online for sale by private dealers, as well as on popular auction sites such as Ebay. Some western spurs are made from stainless steel, bronze, or aluminum materials. Some western spurs are very plain and basic, while others feature detailed engraving or markings. American spurs from the Old West range in prices from as inexpensive as twenty dollars, all the way up to six hundred and ninety five dollars. There is a wide range of spur styles, designs, and price ranges to choose from in between these extremes.
Vintage Western Rodeo Spurs
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Collectors of antiques, as well as those who collect memorabilia from the American West, find spurs to be a fun and historical piece to collect. With so many styles and embellishments, collectors can have fun adding to and building their collections, without always having to spend a lot of money.
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