OXON-63B8C3: Post-Medieval spur

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Unique ID: OXON-63B8C3

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete copper alloy spur of probable later Post-Medieval date (1600-1700). The fragment consists of one complete arm and the rowel box. The second arm and rowel are missing.

The arm is D-shaped in cross section and tapers from the rowel box towards its integral figure of eight terminal loop. The outer surface of this terminal loop is moulded such that the point of arm is accentuated between the loops. Each loops is 7.5mm in diameter.

The neck of the spur is formed at the mid point of the spur and projects 18.3mm horizontally out from its apex. The second arm is missing from its other side.  The neck is oval in cross section (c.7.4mm x 6.7mm diameter) and and has a simple rowel box placed at its end which is is split by a horizontal cleft. One side of the rowel box has an oval loop at its tip (4.0mm diameter), the opposite being missing due to an old break. The neck is decorated by two parallel incised lines in its centre giving it a slight collar between.

The spur has an even mid green patina across its entire surface.

The fragment is c.93.4mm long, c.77m wide and weighs 15.90 grams. 

Spurs are relatively common in the 17th Century when fashion dictated they were worn as an article of dress rather than for just riding. IOW-697B46 is a particularly similar example on the database. Similar example have also been excavated from Beeston Castle, Cheshire (Ellis 1993: figs. 113-114) while Read illustrates a similar figure of eight terminal which he suggests date to the 17th century (Read 2001:65, fig.41 no.499).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 93.4 mm
Width: 77 mm
Weight: 15.9 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st September 2019 - Wednesday 4th March 2020

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: OMS receipt 2319

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: Cherwell (District)
Parish or ward: Noke (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP5413
Four figure Latitude: 51.81303213
Four figure longitude: -1.21808761
1:25K map: SP5413
1:10K map: SP51SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Ellis, P. 1993 Beeston Castle, Cheshire: A Report on the Excavations 1968-85 by Laurence Keen and Peter Hough London Historic Buildings & Monuments Commission for England
Read, B. 2016 Identifying Metal Artefacts Volume 1 Witham Greenlight

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Audit data

Recording Institution: OXON
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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