Object Title

Left rowel spur

Left rowel spur



Object Number



Purchased 29 November 1984. It was found in Poultry, London EC2, in 1928. See correspondence from C. Bompas in Inventory File. Purchased from public donations.

Physical Description

Copper alloy. Decorated with scrolling foliage inlaid in gold with cross-hatched details.


Dimensions: Length: 175 mm; neck length: 82 mm; width: 81 mm; height: 35 mm Weight: 0.100 kg ( 3.5 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks



Places England


Comparable spurs include VI.365, allegedly from the site of Flodden Field, which is also made of copper alloy, and is similarly decorated; and the Society of Antiquaries' stirrup (published in London Museum, Medieval Catalogue (London,1940) p.112 and fig.35 No.1) decorated with similar scrolling foliage and inscription, 'En loial amour tout mon coer', and from the site of the Battle of Towton, 1461.
There is a large corpus of comparable undecorated spurs, including Bologna, Museo Cinile Inv. No. 224 and 230, one from the Greg collection (Manchester City Art Gallery), both with double-loop terminals, and one from the Peterson collection (Christies 5 July 1978).