Object Title

Rowel Spur

Rowel Spur

Date

1401-1430

Object Number

VI.269

Physical Description

For the left foot, the spur comprises a short neck mainly formed of the rowel box and gently downward-curved arms terminating in two loops. Attached to the inner loop is a pair of hooked tabs for the attachment of the heel and upper straps. A single hooked tab and buckle are attached to the outer arm loop.The rowel is star like with eight projecting points.

Featured in

Hundred Years War

Materials

Dimensions

Rowel SpurLength142mm
Rowel SpurWeight81g

Inscriptions and Marks

none

Associations

Places Europe

Notes

Rowel spurs with rotating wheels (rowels) had begun to replace single pointed prick spurs by the middle of the 14th century. In addition to being functional objects, spurs were also indicative of the wearer's wealth and status. Each spur was attached to the heel by leather straps. As well as being functional items, spurs were indicative of the knight's status.