Object Title

Rowel spur

Rowel spur



Object Number



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 flat sides curving under the wearer's ankle, rising to the rear where there is a broad flange-like crest divided by filed mouldings running the full length. There is a short, curved amygdaloid- section neck dividing into a rowel box holding a medium six pointed star rowel. At the end of either side is a figure 8 terminal. The surface is patinated dark brown, with areas of deep pitting, the rowel is fused to the rowel box and several of the points are damaged.



Dimensions: Length: 134 mm; width: 90 mm Weight: 64 g

Inscriptions and Marks

No marks


Places Europe


Like the spur depicted in the brass of Sir John Harpedon, died 1438, in Westminster Abbey Clark 1995, fig. 102.