Object Title

Rowel spur

Rowel spur



Object Number



Purchased from the National Magazine Co. (W R Hearst collection) October 1952, with the help of the Pilgrim Trust, National Art Collections Fund and a special Exchequer Grant, one of 52 items purchased together. Formerly in the collection of W.H. Fenton. sold Sotheby's June 14-16 1936, lot 294.

Physical Description

Steel covered in brass with six pointed rowel. Decorated with foliage and Gothic miniscules.


Dimensions: Length: 240 mm; width: 76mm; depth: 65 mm Weight: kg ( lb 6.5 oz)

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Bibliographic References

A.R. Dufty and W. Reid, European Armour in the Tower of London, 1968, plate CLXIII.


According to the Fenton sale catalogue the spurs were formerly in the Meyrick collection.
It has been suggested by Dr. Vladium Deukstuin (?) of the National Museum, Prague that the letter included in the decoration may stand for Ladislaus Rex. Ladislaus Vi, King of Hungary and Bohemian, born 1439 died 1457.