SWYOR-AA91E4: Post Medieval rowel spur

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Unique ID: SWYOR-AA91E4

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A fragment of a rowel spur probably dating from the Post Medieval period, probably the 17th century. It consists of two sections of a divided, copper alloy neck and a rowel of six points.The outer ends of the neck are pierced to take a copper alloy pin on which the rowel is mounted; this pin remains in place. The outer sides of the neck are decorated with shallow, diagonal grooves which give the effect of twisted wire (barley twist). The points of the rowel are cast into a similar spiral effect design, like a narwhal tusk. All the elements appear to be made of copper alloy and have a green brown patina, but both the supporting arsm and the rowel give a weak magnetic response and there is some ferrous corrosion. The fragment is 44.6mm long, 35mm wide and 13.2mm thick. It weighs 15.52gm.

Rowel spurs are illustrated in Clark, 1995, The Medieval Horse and its Equipment, pages 135-138, and date from the late 13th century onwards. Bailey (Detector Finds) notes that they continued in use until the 19th century, but that there was a fashion for decorated rowels in the 17th century. Compare ESS-9290E8 which has a similar decorative effect on the arms of the spur.

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: 44.6 mm
Width: 35 mm
Thickness: 13.2 mm
Weight: 15.52 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 13th October 2013 - Thursday 13th February 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Jack Volunteer Coulthard
Identified by: Mr Jack Volunteer Coulthard
Secondary identifier: Ms Amy Downes

Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 2312

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Selby (District)
Parish or ward: Cawood (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE5637
Four figure Latitude: 53.82625944
Four figure longitude: -1.15072123
1:25K map: SE5637
1:10K map: SE53NE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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