Cowboy Collectibles

Auction spurs cowboy collectors to gush over rare antiques

Enthusiasts primed to bid on western wares at Waco auction house

By A.J. Bauer
AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Sunday, September 17, 2006

WACO – Huddled around a cowhide-draped table, a handful of men scoured excitedly Friday afternoon through a couple dozen pairs of antique spurs. “Four, five, six pairs of Klappers!” said Otis Hibler, a spur enthusiast from San Antonio.

…Sitting inconspicuously in an old glass case on the same table as those six pairs of Klappers is perhaps the most valuable pair of spurs for auction this weekend, a rare set made by J.C. Petmecky, an early Texas spur maker and gunsmith based in Austin around 1900.

…The Petmecky spurs, which are valued at $15,000, have drawn a lot of attention to the auction because of their rarity, he said.”

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