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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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Crockett Aluminum Hand Engraved Spurs
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Crockett Aluminum Hand Engraved Spurs
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$705 Bids
LOT OF 4: ANTIQUE WESTERN SPUR STRAPS WITH SILVER CONCHOS.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 4: ANTIQUE WESTERN SPUR STRAPS WITH SILVER CONCHOS.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,200
$5502 Bids
ANTIQUE BUERMANN MARKED DOUBLE MOUNTED MARKED SPURS.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE BUERMANN MARKED DOUBLE MOUNTED MARKED SPURS.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5001 Bid
ANTIQUE BUERMANN MARKED SPURS WITH R.T. FRAZIER STRAPS.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE BUERMANN MARKED SPURS WITH R.T. FRAZIER STRAPS.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5001 Bid
Vintage Beautifully Engraved Southwestern Designed Spurs with Botanical Inspired Rowels
Dec 10, 10:00 AM CST
Vintage Beautifully Engraved Southwestern Designed Spurs with Botanical Inspired Rowels
by Link Auction Galleries
Est: $150- $250
$751 Bid
2 PAIR OF ANTIQUE SPURS SMALL & LARGE
Dec 07, 9:00 AM EST
2 PAIR OF ANTIQUE SPURS SMALL & LARGE
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $40- $90
$101 Bid
1890'S ATANASIO LARIOS CALIFORNIA SPURS.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
1890'S ATANASIO LARIOS CALIFORNIA SPURS.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5000 Bids
1920S LADIES SILVER WESTERN SPURS.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
1920S LADIES SILVER WESTERN SPURS.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5000 Bids
EARLY HERNANDEZ DROP SHANK CALIFORNIA SPURS.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
EARLY HERNANDEZ DROP SHANK CALIFORNIA SPURS.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5000 Bids
Group of Horseman's Items
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Group of Horseman's Items
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Pair of Antique Crocket Spurs with Elaborately Decorated Leather Straps
Dec 10, 10:00 AM CST
Pair of Antique Crocket Spurs with Elaborately Decorated Leather Straps
by Link Auction Galleries
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids
Matching Set of Spurs with Hand Embossed Leather Straps
Dec 10, 10:00 AM CST
Matching Set of Spurs with Hand Embossed Leather Straps
by Link Auction Galleries
Est: $75- $125
$250 Bids
1800'S DOUBLE MOUNTED CALIFORNIA SPURS.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
1800'S DOUBLE MOUNTED CALIFORNIA SPURS.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5000 Bids
Pair of Vintage Mid-Century Designed Crocket Spurs with Leather Straps
Dec 10, 10:00 AM CST
Pair of Vintage Mid-Century Designed Crocket Spurs with Leather Straps
by Link Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
A Cast Iron Spur
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
A Cast Iron Spur
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $20- $200
$200 Bids
EARLY 1900'S DOUBLE MOUNTED MEXICAN SPURS.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
EARLY 1900'S DOUBLE MOUNTED MEXICAN SPURS.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
Three Antique Spurs, All Unmarked
Dec 10, 10:00 AM CST
Three Antique Spurs, All Unmarked
by Link Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Spurs & Belt Buckles


Morphy Auctions

Morphy Auctions

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Link Auction Galleries

Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC

Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC