Object Title

Dress box spur

Dress box spur



Object Number

VI.441 B


Purchased 4 July 1982, with VI.439 and VI.440.

Physical Description

Bright gilt copper alloy with straight sides and necks. Decorated with scrolling shamrock decorationin relief.
The spurs are in a wooden box covered in dark red leather, lined with red velvet.


Dimensions: Box:123 mm x 132 mm x 30 mm ( 4.9 x 5.2 x 1.2 in), Length: 113 mm (4.5 in), Neck length: 55 mm (2.2 in), Span: 58 mm (2.3 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

The flat underside of the neck is inscribed MAXWELL; the prong inscribed on the upper surface LEFT and on the underside 61 PICCADILLY.


Places England


Mr Wilkinson was told on acquisition that these were lancers' spurs. Lancer regiments with Irish connections include 5th Royal Lancers, who are recorded in a spur maker's MS. pattern book of the late 19th century as having plain gilt box spurs with shamrocks engraved on the rowels, not on the bodies as on these pair (Walsall Public Libraries, Local History Collection 685.1 swc 1652). Henry Maxwell of London invented the box spur about 1824. The firm that he founded was at 161 Piccadilly from 1840-99. Valued with VI.441 A