SPANISH COLONIAL MEMORABILIA, SPURS, STIRRUPS
I have always been fascinated with the wild west and the history of the Cowboy spurs. I have traveled far and wide in South America to find all the information I could learn about the Spanish American history of the invading Spanish conquistador's. Chile, Peru and Patagonia is a good place to find these artifacts. In fact in Patagonia they still have the caballaria's or cowboy rooming the ranges. It is said to be dangerous to approach a caballaria on the range because they are loners and don't want company. I look for original colonial Spanish spurs and wood hooded stirrups just to bring back to my Yahoo friends. Webster defines a rowel as a revolving disc with sharp marginal points at the end of the spur, cowboys, bronco riders and cattle drivers all have rowels on the ends of their spurs but many less then the Spanish. I have been told the reason the American cowboy spurs had less points is because more for the horse and the condition for the horse due to spurring it to make it run. I also buy military spurs in South America. Going back to 700 BC the spur has been a working piece of equipment for the horseman. the Spanish conquistadors are responsible for introducing their style of spurs to the Americas in the early fifteen hundreds. This style of spurs has greatly influenced the cowboy spur we know today. today spurs are highly collectable items of memorabilia.
The wood hooded stirrup was made by taking a metal stirrup as we know it and building a wooden hollow for the boots to slip in and out of to reduce the possibility of hanging a boot in the stirrup during a fall from the horse. Most of them were carved with ornate designs. They are prized as a collectible of the past or as a home decor used as a napkin holder.
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