Apr 24, 2020

Rowel Spur

Rowel Spur

c. 1700

Steel

Diameter: 7.2 cm (2 13/16 in.); Overall: 9.5 cm (3 3/4 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1568

Location

Did you know?

Spurs became more than an equestrian tool, but a piece of male jewelry that would be worn even not when riding.

Description

Instead of a "prick" terminus at the neck, the rowel spur had a rotating wheel installed between two prongs. This type of spur gradually supplemented the prick spur as a safer and less severe alternative for the horse. Rowel spurs first appeared during the 1200s and were in general use by the 1300s.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Arms & Armor
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Arms and Armor
Medium: 
Steel

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