Original U.S. WWII Cavalry Model 1911 Rowelled Western Spurs - Pair

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. A spur is a metal tool designed to be worn in pairs on the heels of riding boots for the purpose of directing a horse or other animal to move forward or laterally while riding. It is usually used to refine the riding aids (commands) and to back up the natural aids (the leg, seat, hands, and voice).

The parts of a spur include:
The "yoke", "branch", or "heel band", which wraps around the heel of the boot.
The "shank" or "neck", which extends from the back of the yoke and is the area that touches the horse.
The rowel, seen on these Cavalry spurs, is a revolving wheel or disk with radiating "points" at the end attached to the shank.

Spurs are usually held on by a leather or leather-like spur strap that goes over the arch of the foot and under the sole in front of the boot heel. Both of these have solid and complete leather straps, however they have hardened from age and use. Both display the “US” stamp and one retains the maker information for J.Q.M.D and dated 1941. Some western designs have a leather strap that goes only over the top, with a heel chain or a rubber "tiedown" instead of a strap under the boot. Also, some styles have no straps, where the heel band is simply very tight and slips on wedged between the sole and heel of the boot. Some spur designs have a slot for running the spur strap through, others have "buttons", just like the ones seen on these examples.

When used in military ranks, senior officers, and officers of all ranks in cavalry and other formerly mounted units of some armies, wear a form of spur in certain orders of dress which is known as the box spur, having no spur strap, but a long metal prong opposite the neck, extending between the arms of the heel band, which is inserted into a specially fitted recess or "box" in the base of the boot heel. Due to the prong, such spurs can only be worn with appropriately equipped boots.

Unfortunately this is not a matching pair in regards of manufacturer. The appearance of the spurs match, but one manufacturer on the actual spur is marked US / W.L. while the other is U.S. / A.B.

The condition of both are lovely and would display nicely on a pair of Cavalry boots you may have in your collections.

Comes more than ready for display!
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