Object Title

Rowel spur

Rowel spur

Date

1401-1430

Object Number

VI.270

Provenance

Possibly Old Tower Collection

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 a pair of double loops, one of which is damaged. Attached to one pair of loops is a single hooked tab for the attachment of a leather strap. The rowel is star like with eight projecting points.

Featured in

Hundred Years War

Materials

Dimensions

Rowel SpurLength114mm
Rowel SpurWeight70g

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. Apart from being functional objects, spurs were indicative of a knight's status.