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Collectibles Corner

By Dorinda Troutman, RMR Staff Writer

 

February 2013 issue  

Crockett Aluminum Spurs

 

Collectibles Corner - Crockett Aluminum Spurs

 

      These Crockett Bit & Spur Company aluminum spurs were probably made during the years just before WWII or just after.

      Standley S. Skinner, grandson of Oscar Crockett who was the original owner of the company, says on the New Crockett Bit & Spur Company website that his grandfather introduced “Airplane Metal” aluminum bits and spurs in 1938.

      Beginning in 1942, aluminum was rationed and used only in the war effort. After the end of the war in 1945, Crockett again used aluminum for a few years.

      The original Crockett Bit & Spur Company began in 1920 in Kansas . By 1927 it was producing 10,000 bits and spurs and had become one of the three top bit and spur makers in the world. In 1943 the business moved to Boulder , Colorado and employed 125 craftsmen.

      Founder Oscar Crockett died in 1949 and James Renalde purchased the company in 1951, which then became Crockett-Renalde (CR is marked on bits and spurs). That company was liquidated in 1984. In 2001 Standley Skinner re-established the Crockett Bit and Spur Co. of Kansas City, Missouri .

      According to the owner of the Crockett spurs in the photo, Anita Utley, of Will Rogers Saddle Company, in Mead, Washington, they are etched aluminum and marked “CROCKETT” above the shank. They are part of the antique saddle and tack collection in the store and are valued at between $65 and $125.

 

Each month, Rocky Mountain Rider will feature a Western collectible or antique. If you know of an item that would be of interest, please contact RMR at 888-747-1000 or info@rockymountainrider.com.

     Also, if you have an old Western item that you don’t know what it is, or what it was used for, send us a photo and we will ask our readers to tell us what they know about it.

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