Object Title

Rowel spur

Rowel spur

Date

1331-1370

Object Number

VI.611

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

Of iron, with oval section sides curving under the wearer's ankle, rising to a point at the rear where there is a amygdaloid neck dividing almost immediately and after a moulding into a rowel box with medial ridges holding a large six pointed star rowel, the points shaped like petals. At the end of either side is a figure 8 terminal retaining two iron tabs with hooks for the leathers at the left end. The surface is patinated, and the rowel is fused solidly into the rowel box.

Materials

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length: 169 mm; width: 89 mm Weight: 92 g

Inscriptions and Marks

No marks.

Associations

Places Europe

Notes

Similar but more shapely petal like points are found on a spur excavated from Ludgershall Castle, Wiltshire, found under a building constructed in 1341-3, J Clarke, The medieval horse and its equipment, Museum of London, 1995, fig. 100.