McChesney Cowboy Spurs

If you are looking to find the person who may have been the grandfather of the Texas spur style, then Robert John McChesney certainly fits the bill. McChesney was the first to sell hand made spurs in Texas in around 1887. After moving around, as they did in those days, he took up business in Tulsa as a blacksmithing company but it was not long before his name and reputation allowed him to become one of the most well known spur makers of the area.

The McChesney Bit and Spur Company was formed in Oklahoma but moved to Gainsville, Texas in 1890 and became a well known name for ironwork and repairs. After making some spurs for a friend, he began taking orders for spurs and found that his skills with metal were perfectly suited to spur making. McChesney is quoted as inventing or originating the goose-neck spur shape too, although the cowboys he was making the equipment for preferred the Gal Leg style spurs.

During his heyday, McChesney employed a young P M Kelly, who owned a nearby blacksmithing company and was offered a job. It was the skills in spur making that Kelly learnt that allowed him to go on to become one of the largest and most successful spur makers ever. By 1911, the McChesney catalog offered 120 different styles of spurs and also 64 different bridle bits.

McChesney went on to make spurs for some famous people of the time such as Will Rogers and some famous rodeo riders. His company was also commissioned to make spurs for the US Army during World War 1.

Spurs made by the McChesney Bit and Spur Company are stamped MCCHESNEY on the outside of each spur, underneath the buttons.

VINTAGE WESTERN KELLY CROCKETT 315 SPURS McCHESNEY BOONE SHOULDERS
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VINTAGE WESTERN COWBOY RODEO McCHESNEY BITS AND SPURS MANUAL CATALOG
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Antique Marked McChesney Small Silver Overlay Button And Original Spur Straps
Antique Marked McChesney Small Silver Overlay Button And Original Spur Straps
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Rare JR McChesney Cowboy Spurs with republic engraved acorn shield
Rare JR McChesney Cowboy Spurs with republic engraved acorn shield
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VINTAGE COWBOY RODEO WESTERN SADDLE TIE TACK CLASP RING PIN BADGE McCHESNEY
VINTAGE COWBOY RODEO WESTERN SADDLE TIE TACK CLASP RING PIN BADGE McCHESNEY
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BOOK JR MCCHESNEY A LIFETIME A LEGACY SIGNED LEE JACOBS SPUR BIT HISTORY 2006
BOOK JR MCCHESNEY A LIFETIME A LEGACY SIGNED LEE JACOBS SPUR BIT HISTORY 2006
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VINTAGE WESTERN KELLY CROCKETT 215 SPURS McCHESNEY BOONE SHOULDERS
VINTAGE WESTERN KELLY CROCKETT 215 SPURS McCHESNEY BOONE SHOULDERS
$41.99