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Unique ID: NMGW11

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Incomplete, cast copper alloy rowel spur. The horizontally straight sides, D-shaped in section, taper from the neck of the spur towards the terminal. One arm is broken halfway along its length, the other is complete but has a damaged terminal. Enough of the terminal remains to suggest that it was originally formed by two rings, set like a figure-of-eight, equally above and below the front of the spur side. The neck is short, starts horizontal and then tapers towards the downward bent rowel box. The back of the spur is decorated with an elongated lozenge motif made up of cast lines. Corrosion visible in the rowel suggests that the rowel pin was made of iron. Seventeenth to early eighteenth century in date.


Spurs of this date and form are usually manufactured from iron tinned with copper alloy; however, other cast copper alloy examples are not unknown.

Class: Rowel


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 1700
Date to: AD 1825

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 76 mm
Width: 55 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st March 1999

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: NMGWPA: 99.1.1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Pembrokeshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Pembrokeshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Manorbier

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on parish
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Unknown

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Norfolk Archaeology 236-238, fig.47.1 The lozenge-shaped decorative motif is parallelled on a rowel spur from Temple Balsall, Warwickshire
Ellis, B. The spurs 165, nos.5-22, figs.113-114 Parallels from Beeston Castle, Cheshire

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NMGW
Created: 20 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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