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Most of the brass Conquistadores Stirrups sold in eBay probably are simple and cheap imitates, even if they have been created as worn out shoes with lots of repairs. I remember the stirrup shoes my mother acquired around 1960 in Caracas, Venezuela were also worn out and repaired.

The puzzling thing however was an decorative inscription “KOS” which may have identified the owner or the troops of the stirrups. In the web some similar “KOS”-pairs of shoes marked KOS, but no explanation is given for the inscription. "KOS Conquistador" is also referred to a song “Procol Harum – Conquistador”, but no explanation is being given.

In Spanish “K”-words are rather seldom. The only words that start with the letter K in Spanish are borrowed words like kilometer, kilowatt, kilogram and kiosk.

That's why this question is posted in the forum.

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Sólo se me ocurre que pueda ser algún acrónimo en latín de alguna oración (por el Kirie eleison) o que sea Kappa Omega Sigma. En ambos casos ni idea. – Laura Oct 9 '12 at 10:07
It seems this question has been taken from here: Memories of Venezuela – yms Oct 28 '12 at 12:53

Eso es una unidad de medida de distancia, puede que apropiada para indicarte que puedes caminar una barbaridad con esos zapatos.

a unit of land distance of various lengths from 1 to 3 miles (1.6 to 4.8 km).

kos: Milla en mogol, equivalente a unos 4 kilómetros. Esta medida se sigue utilizando en remotas regiones de la India rural

Esta la veo menos probable:

Kós (kŏs, kôs), Lat. Cos, island (1991 pop. 26,379), 111 sq mi (287 sq km), SE Greece, in the Aegean Sea; 2d largest of the Dodecanese, near the Bodrum peninsula of Turkey. Although it rises to c.2,870 ft (875 m) in the southeast, the island is mostly low-lying. Fishing, sponge diving, and tourism are important industries. Grain, tobacco, olive oil, and wine are produced, and cattle, horses, and goats are raised. Kós has mineral deposits and several sulfur springs. The island's main town is Kós (1991 pop. 14,714), situated on the northeast shore. In ancient times the island was controlled in turn by Athens, Macedon, Syria, and Egypt. A cultural center, it was the site of a school of medicine founded in the 5th cent. B.C. by Hippocrates. Kós later enjoyed great prosperity as a result of its alliance with the Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt, which valued the island as a naval base. The island became part of modern Greece in 1947.

Ya en la Biblia se menciona este lugar: Los Hechos

Capítulo 21 21:1 Después de separarnos de ellos, zarpamos y fuimos con rumbo directo a Cos, y al día siguiente a Rodas, y de allí a Pátara. Tambien Hipócrates era de Cos

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Aqui se hace referencia a los dos significados: Also called coss aquí tambien la isla y la unidad de medida indú:

Y aqui:

Como acrónimo no aparece registrado aquí nada que me parezca pueda asociarse:

Ni aquí:

Ni aqui:

Conlusión: No es un acrónimo, Es una unidad de medida que se utiliza en la India. y que por cierto tiene diferentes valores para diferentes localidades.

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