Prison Spurs

We are all familiar with the images of prisoners working hard labor, breaking rocks or digging and building roads. However, back in the 19th and early 20th century, some were also making what would come to be known as prison spurs.

Those prisons that had machine shops or workshops allowed the prisoners to make metal items. Prisons such as those in Colorado, Washington and Texas, turned their inmates into fine craftsmen letting them make and decorate cowboy spurs.

I guess that they had lots of time on their hands when making these items. Many an hour would be whiled away, engraving and carving designs in the spurs, making the leather straps and decorating them.

Prison spurs are highly collectible items in todays market. They are not quite as popular as some of the other historic makers, but they do hold their place in the history of these iconic American items.

Canon City SpurColorado Prison Spurs  The Men Who Made Them934 of 1000
Canon City SpurColorado Prison Spurs The Men Who Made Them934 of 1000
$14.50
Fancy Silver Mounted Hand Engraved Texas Prison Made SPURS MAKE OFFER
Fancy Silver Mounted Hand Engraved Texas Prison Made SPURS MAKE OFFER
$545.00
INDIAN CHIEF with ARROWS Silver Mounted Hand Engvd Prison Made SPURS MAKE OFFER
INDIAN CHIEF with ARROWS Silver Mounted Hand Engvd Prison Made SPURS MAKE OFFER
$595.00
Prison Made Basket Stamped Leather Quality Dark Tan Spur Straps MAKE OFFER
Prison Made Basket Stamped Leather Quality Dark Tan Spur Straps MAKE OFFER
$90.00
TEXAS PRISON High Quality Hand Tooled Leather Cowboy Spur Straps MAKE OFFER
TEXAS PRISON High Quality Hand Tooled Leather Cowboy Spur Straps MAKE OFFER
$80.00
western cowboy marshal TOWER BEAN prison jail restraint handcuffs key nt spur
western cowboy marshal TOWER BEAN prison jail restraint handcuffs key nt spur
$6.50
1995 Canon city Spur Colorado Prison Spurs  The Men Who Made Them Book
1995 Canon city Spur Colorado Prison Spurs The Men Who Made Them Book
$150.00