I thought I'd share a recent addition to my collection. These are ejection seat spurs worn on the boots of F-104 Starfighter pilots. These spurs were attached to the ejection seat by a wire cord. When the pilot had to bail out, the cord that connected the spurs to the seat retracted and pulled the pilots legs in. This prevented the pilot from injuring his legs during the ejection.
What I found interesting about these were that they came from a pilot who "flew" with the 3205th Drone Squadron in the mid-1960's. Although the drone Starfighters were unmanned during missions, some of the pilots still wore their spurs as a status symbol. These have been chromed to add even more flair.
They were pretty rusty when I got them, but with a little Coca-Cola, aluminum foil, 0000 steel wool and some elbow grease, they came out pretty nice. Overall, I'm really happy to be the new caretaker of them.