Object Title

Prick spur

Prick spur

Date

1101-1130

Object Number

VI.373

Provenance

Purchased from the National Magazine Co. (W R Hearst collection, St. Donat's Castle, Wales) October 1952, with the help of the Pilgrim Trust, National Art Collections Fund and a special Exchequer Grant, one of 52 items purchased. Believed to have come from the church of St Andrew, Chardstock, Devon, about 1850 Formerly in the collection of H G Radford, sold Sotheby's, 17th January 1946, lot 311.

Physical Description

Slender necks of diamond section the neck swells into sharply pointed goad. Decorated with dots of gold and silver and with silver foil applied over a hatched ground.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length: 65mm (2.5 in) Weight: 2 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

none

Associations

Places Europe

Bibliographic References

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

Notes

These spurs are almost unique in form and quality, similar examples only being known in contempory illustrations. They are believed to have been found in a tomb on the church of St. Andrew, Chardstock, Devon, about 1850. Referred to in G P R Pulman, The Book of the axe, 1875: 567 in connection with the above church.