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.

McChesney spurs from the Roger Wilmot collection
McChesney spurs from the Roger Wilmot collection
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Vintage Antique JR MCCHESNEY 23 Dbl Mount Spurs No Straps c1910s 1920s RARE
Vintage Antique JR MCCHESNEY 23 Dbl Mount Spurs No Straps c1910s 1920s RARE
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Very Rare  BUFFALO HUNTER CASE  GLASSES
Very Rare BUFFALO HUNTER CASE GLASSES
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Cowgirl Sized Single Mounted JR McChesney Spurs Pattern 26
Cowgirl Sized Single Mounted JR McChesney Spurs Pattern 26
$750.00
Rare Antique Signed McChesney Cowboy Spurs
Rare Antique Signed McChesney Cowboy Spurs
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Old McChesney Snake Spurs  Matching bit 101 Ranch Joe Miller
Old McChesney Snake Spurs Matching bit 101 Ranch Joe Miller
$9,290.00
PAIR OF MCCHESNEY LADIES SPURS STYLE 23 FROM THE RICKY HENSON COLLECTION
PAIR OF MCCHESNEY LADIES SPURS STYLE 23 FROM THE RICKY HENSON COLLECTION
$375.00
McChesney Single Gal Leg Spur c 1868 1326
McChesney Single Gal Leg Spur c 1868 1326
$375.00
VINTAGE WESTERN COWBOY RODEO McCHESNEY BITS AND SPURS MANUAL CATALOG
VINTAGE WESTERN COWBOY RODEO McCHESNEY BITS AND SPURS MANUAL CATALOG
$17.50

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