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Prick spur

  • Place of origin:

    Europe (made)

  • Date:

    11th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wrought iron

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Major Victor Alexander Farquharson

  • Museum number:

    M.742-1927

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

At a time when people travelled long distances on horseback, spurs were an important and necessary accessory. They were designed to fit round the heel of a boot and were held by a strap and buckle which passed over the foot. The manufacture of spurs was a specialist craft, the makers being known as 'spurriers'.

This type, with a single straight point, is known as a prick spur. Elongated spurs were often used with armour, so that the rider could reach the flanks of his horse under all its trappings but it was also a matter of fashion.

Physical description

Wrought iron prick spur with long neck and prick in the form of a pointed knob.

Place of Origin

Europe (made)

Date

11th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Wrought iron

Dimensions

Length: 16.2 cm, Width: 8.3 cm

Descriptive line

Wrought iron, Europe, 11th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Charles de Lacy, The History of the Spur , The Connoisseur, 1911
Charles Chenevix Trench, A History of Horsemanship, Longman, 1970

Materials

Iron

Techniques

Forging

Categories

Arms & Armour; Accessories; Fashion; Metalwork; Tools & Equipment; Transport; Animals and Wildlife; Equestrian equipment

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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