Object Title

Prick spur

Prick spur

Date

900-999

Object Number

VI.549

Provenance

Purchased 22 June 2004 from Andrew Lumley. From the collection of Prof Paul Post (1882-1956), curator of the Berlin Zeughaus, formed in Berlin after World War I (information from A.Lumley).

Physical Description

It is of iron, with long, straight sides of D section, a short square section neck and a large, conical goad formed with flutes on the upper surface. The ends of the sides are flattened into two-lobed terminals, each retaining two small iron rivets for the leathers. The sids are asymmetrical, the right one longer than the left. The surface is patinated black.

Materials

Dimensions

Weight: 62 g

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

Associations

Places Europe

Notes

Compare RA vi.544-50. The spur is broadly similar to R Zschille and R Forrer, Der Sporn II, Berlin, 1899, taf. xxiv.2 and 4, but the asymmetry of the sides seems unattested. The only comparable asymmetrical goad is RA.vi.550, which is even more extreme.