Category Archives: Spurs

Antique and collectible spurs


Some South American spurs can be huge ( they are thought to have developed from the Spanish Colonial “Espuela Grande” after all ). So how do they stay in position ? Many gaucho spurs have large pierced heel plates or … Continue reading

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A Pair of Hercules Bronze Spurs with a History

One of the frustrations of buying things at auction is that they often come without any history or provenance and I am left wondering how some piece of cowboy equipment ended up here in the South West of England. Well, … Continue reading

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The Tailor of Leigh on Sea

OK, this isn’t exactly a John le CarrĂ© story – it is, however an interesting glimpse into someone’s life… I recently bought a collection of cowboy / western gear – it’s always intriguing to wonder how it ended up here … Continue reading

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How did this spur end up here ?

This old spur came as part of a collection of rather more glamorous 18th Century examples Frankly I wondered why the previous collector had bothered to keep it. Yes, it was old, likely late 18th century, but not an unusual … Continue reading

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Latchford, the Loriner (and Grave Despoiler?)

If you find yourself in Trafalgar Square I would recommend visiting the crypt of St.Martin-in-the-fields for several reasons : It is a remarkable brick built vaulted structure They have an excellent cafe And high up on one of the pillars … Continue reading

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Spurs on Film

Any film that starts with the hero pawning his rather smart California spurs for a drink has got to be worth watching. The film in question is “The Pilgrim” a 1916 short film starring and directed by Frank Borzage. Borzage … Continue reading

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Spurs & Birds

I’ve spent far too much of today contemplating a spur. I’ve no idea of its provenance, I bought it at auction with a load of silver plated dinnerware. Eagles aren’t uncommon in military spurs, there’s a thriving trade in reproduction … Continue reading

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Unusual Sidesaddle Cane

  The Swiss Army knife of sidesaddle canes ? The handle of this cane is both a spur and a hammer (sometimes known as a locksmasher – although it looks a bit dainty to smash many locks…). I had seen … Continue reading

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