Officers were assigned brass spurs at a ceremony once they mastered all aspects of riding and caring for horses. Prior to this milestone, riders rode horses with shaved tails to distinguish their experience and skills for the battlefield. Inside the spur is carved U.S. which stands for United States and then W.L. which stands for Whithorse Lecompte. This was a government contractor who made bits and spurs during WWI. The spur is mounted on a rectangular piece of dark wood to add to the antique look. It is mounted by a brass knob so you are able to hang it proudly in your home.