NMS-3540D7: Medieval Rowel Spur

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Unique ID: NMS-3540D7

Object type certainty: Certain
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Medieval copper alloy rowel from spur with 24 radiating arms, each of which is rectangular-sectioned with bevelled edges, expanding slightly to pointed terminals. The arms are conjoined for about half thier length with a central, sub-oval hole, possibly of irregular shape as a result of wear. Traces of tinning survive on both faces.

Maximum diameter 73.5mm. Thickness 4mm.

Similar, multi-pointed, large rowels became popular from the later 14th century (Clark, 1995, The Medieval Horse and It's Equipment, 29 and 148, fig.106, no.361 and 362), and other similar examples are recorded on the PAS database including SUR-12F423, CORN-C901E8 and LIN-72B5A6. Circa 1350 - probably 1500.

Class: Rowel

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1350
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 4 mm
Diameter: 73.5 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 27th March 2013 - Wednesday 24th April 2013

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Erica Darch
Identified by: Mrs Erica Darch

Other reference numbers

Other reference: DDMD042013

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: White metal coated

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Waveney (District)
To be known as: Blyford

Spatial coordinates

Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NMS
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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