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Spurs & Belt Buckles

There are perhaps no two objects more closely aligned with the mythologies of the American West than spurs and belt buckles. The spur, a metal tool that affixes to a riding boot, is so synonymous with the Southeastern region of the United States that the city of San Antonio named their basketball team after the device.

The spur, traditionally used by cowboys as a riding aid, is used to discipline or prod horses into traveling at a greater speed. While spurs have been featured in practically every cowboy movie and continue to be employed among working ranchers, they have declined in popularity in recent years amid protests of animal cruelty. Still, they are beautiful objects in their own right that make for charming decorations, especially in ranch homes or cabins.

Belt buckles of the Southwestern United States continue to increase in popularity as people from all backgrounds recognize their beauty and versatility. The buckles of states such as Texas, Wyoming, and New Mexico often feature stunning geometric designs and precious stones including turquoise and coral.


Quick Facts

  • There are many different types of spurs, including round and knob end, Prince of Wales, Swan Neck, and Waterford, each offering different designs and purposes
  • The expression to "earn one's spurs" was coined during the Medieval ages in reference to a Knight's accomplishments and remains popular to this day
  • The spur was invented by the Celts during the La Téne period circa 5th century B.C.

Recommended Items at Auction

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PAIR OF VINTAGE SPURS (2 PRS)
Oct 24, 3:00 PM PDT
PAIR OF VINTAGE SPURS (2 PRS)
by Midnight Sun Antique Auction
Est: $150- $200
$1001 Bid
Pair of eagle spurs.  
Nov 12, 10:00 AM EST
Pair of eagle spurs.  
by Hindman
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
1860's Hunter's Ensemble Including Riding Cap, Whip, Spurs, Whip and Bugle
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
1860's Hunter's Ensemble Including Riding Cap, Whip, Spurs, Whip and Bugle
by Dana J. Tharp Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$750 Bids
(PAIR) KOREA MADE RIDING SPURS
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CDT
(PAIR) KOREA MADE RIDING SPURS
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $80- $150
$600 Bids
Pr: Large Spanish Iron and Silver Spurs
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CDT
Pr: Large Spanish Iron and Silver Spurs
by Revere Auctions
Est: $300- $600
$1600 Bids
TWO 18TH CENTURY ROWEL RIDING SPURS
Oct 22, 10:00 AM BST
TWO 18TH CENTURY ROWEL RIDING SPURS
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £30- £50
£150 Bids
Vintage Western Spurs, Scrolled Accents, Silver Tone, 3" Opening
Nov 05, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage Western Spurs, Scrolled Accents, Silver Tone, 3" Opening
by Maria's Vintage & Estate Treasures
Est: $100- $150
$610 Bids
ANTIQUE WHITE METAL SPUR AND A LARGE METAL PIPE
Oct 30, 3:00 PM EDT
ANTIQUE WHITE METAL SPUR AND A LARGE METAL PIPE
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $100- $200
$600 Bids
19TH CENTURY TOOLED SADDLE VALISE & TOOLED SPURS.
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
19TH CENTURY TOOLED SADDLE VALISE & TOOLED SPURS.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids
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Artistic Brass Spurs [141167]
Oct 29, 8:00 AM PDT
Artistic Brass Spurs [141167]
by Holabird Western Americana
Est: $150- $250
$750 Bids
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Old Spurs Tagged Jim Bell [140461]
Oct 29, 8:00 AM PDT
Old Spurs Tagged Jim Bell [140461]
by Holabird Western Americana
Est: $100- $500
$500 Bids
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Antique Western Tack: Fleming Silver Bit, Iron Bit and Reigns [140743]
Oct 29, 8:00 AM PDT
Antique Western Tack: Fleming Silver Bit, Iron Bit and Reigns [140743]
by Holabird Western Americana
Est: $500- $700
$2500 Bids
Ornate privately purchased brass eagle spurs.  
Nov 12, 10:00 AM EST
Ornate privately purchased brass eagle spurs.  
by Hindman
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0000 Bids
ANTIQUE WESTERN STYLE SPURS, EARLY 20TH C., SIX PIECES
Nov 11, 11:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE WESTERN STYLE SPURS, EARLY 20TH C., SIX PIECES
by DuMouchelles
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Spurs & Belt Buckles


Holabird Western Americana

Holabird Western Americana

Hindman

Hindman

DuMouchelles

DuMouchelles

Nadeau's Auction Gallery

Nadeau's Auction Gallery