Chilean Huaso Spurs

  • This rare and authentic pair of Chilean spurs, or espuelas, are crafted of silvered steel
  • They were a gift from Chile to a French ambassador in the late 19th century
  • Due to their high number of spokes, they produce a "singing" sound when spun
  • These intriguing pieces are extraordinary examples of South American artistry
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Item No. 30-1825

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This rare and authentic pair of Chilean spurs is stunning to behold. Traditionally worn by huasos, or Chilean cowboys, these silvered steel spurs, or espuelas, were given by Chile's ambassador to the French ambassador in the late 19th century. Exhibiting exceptional decoration, these spurs are distinguished by the number of spokes they possess, and by the wonderful “singing” sound they produce when spun. Housed in their original presentation case, these intriguing pieces are extraordinary examples of South American artistry.

The Chilean huasos hold a reverenced position in the rich history of the country. Their endurance and expert horsemanship, marked by the signature sideways gallop, has earned the huaso the great respect of his countrymen for years. In fact, huaso dress, which includes a straw hat, or chupalla, a brightly-colored poncho called a chamanto, a short jacket, loose fitting pants, high boots, and for special events, elaborate stirrups and spurs and a red sash worn around the waist, has come represent Chilean culture in many respects. The spurs have especially come to represent Chilean folkloric traditions.  

Circa 1890

5” diameter x 9” length
Chilean Huaso Spurs
Period: 19th Century
Type: Arms and Armor
Diameter: 5 Inches
Depth: 11.0 Inches
Length: 9
Width: 14.0 Inches
Height: 5.0 Inches

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