BERK-10D6E2: Post-medieval spur: Rowel spur

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Unique ID: BERK-10D6E2

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A cast lead alloy, possibly pewter, rowel spur dating to the 17th century. The spur is well made and in very good condition; it has a widened neck with an iron rowel, although most of the rowel is now broken and missing. The arms of the spur taper from the neck towards the double looped terminals, with the only decoration being a moulded chevron that extends from the neck of the spur towards the terminals. The main body of the spur is 91.56mm long and is 87.58mm wide. Three hooked tags were found attached to the terminals of the spur. They have a copper alloy base plate with hook for attaching to the spur terminal, and in the centre of the roughly oval base plate is a lead alloy, tear-dropped shaped stud raised above the base plate and attached with an iron rivet. The hooked tags measure 22.33mm in length by 9.54mm wide. Also found with the spur, but not attached, was a lead alloy (probably pewter) buckle with asymmetrical frame and seperate iron spindle. The buckle has a cast copper alloy plate that tapers to its terminal, interrupted by a bulbous midsection. The terminal of this plate is broken but it is likely that it ended with an up-turned hook. It is likely that this buckle formed the forth terminal attachment to the spur and it would have aided fitting and attachment to the foot. For an example of a spur terminal with buckle fitting see Whitehead (2003) p81 fig.504 (note the similarity of the hooked tags in Whitehead's example to those recorded here). The buckle can be dated to c. AD 1570-1700. It measures 26.21mm long, 21.33mm wide and has a maximum thickness of 4.52mm.

The spur is in very good condition and is well made. Two other, incomplete examples of the same style of spur have been recorded on this database, BERK-9B2983 from Chalgrove, Oxfordshire, and LON-B1C164 from Hambleden, Buckinghamshire.

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Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1570
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 91.56 mm
Width: 87.58 mm
Weight: 51 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st January 2011 - Wednesday 2nd February 2011

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Anni Byard
Identified by: Miss Anni Byard

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Linear
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

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

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Recording Institution: BERK
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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