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in the collection of Her Majesty The Queen: European Armour

Probably English

Pair of rowel spurs second quarter of the seventeenth century

Brass, iron, leather | RCIN 67256

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Pair of rowel spurs each with body of brass having curved slender sides of D-section with swept figure-of-eight terminals, and a downturned, right-angled neck supporting a rowel of five long, evenly tapered points alternating with tiny points. The proximal part of the neck is shaped like a vase with a cross-hatched surface. The top end of the distal part of the neck is chiselled with a highly stylised head of a beast.

The outer surface of each of the sides is punched with a trellis of bands filled with small circles; the spaces between the bands being filled with quatrefoils or half quatrefoils as appropriate, all on a finely matted ground. The remainder of the surface is punched at intervals with small ‘C’s. The upper hole of the outer terminal of each spur is fitted with a buckle having at each end of its straight forward bar a fleur-de-lis, and at its centre a triangular projection flanked by a pair of C-scrolls (damaged on the right spur). The centre of its rear edge has a low triangular promontory flanked by two short comma-like ends. The buckle-plates and pins are both of iron. Each of the attachments has a small dome-headed button to receive a leather. Three of the hooks are of iron with brass buttons. That in the upper hole of the inner terminal of the left spur, which is all brass, is perhaps a working-life replacement. The rowel-pin is of iron.

Measurements: Right Spur: length of body 13.0 cm, width within the sides 7.9 cm, diameter of rowel 6.7 cm; Left Spur: length of body 12.9 cm, width within the sides 7.9 cm; diameter of rowel: 7.0 cm.
Weights: Right Spur: 0.154 kg; Left Spur: 0.170 kg.

Text adapted from Arms and Armour in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen: European Armour, London, 2016