DEV-CC9F11: Post-Medieval rowell spur

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Unique ID: DEV-CC9F11

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An incomplete Post-Medieval Rowell spur, probably dating to c. AD 1600-1700. The surviving fragment of the spur consists of the rear haf of each arm, the neck and part of the rowel box, with the terminals of the arms and rowel box, as well as the rowell itself all missing. The arms are D-shaped in cross section, 2.9mm thick and broadening from 6.2mm wide to 9.5mm, where the two arms converge in a point on the upper edge. From the point at which the arms converge the neck expands, this has a transverse, pointed oval cross section, 7.3mm wide by 5.1mm thick, and has a shallow U-shaped line in profile. At its terminal the neck bifurcates into the rowel box, but with either arm of the box terminating almost immediately in old breaks.

Overall dimensions: length 46.1mm; width 54.7mm; thickness 9.5mm; weight 12.73g.

Near identical rowell spurs were found in contexts dated to c. AD 1600-1650 and c. AD 1650-1700 during excavations in Norwich, and are illustrated by Margeson (1993: 221-222, nos. 1799 & 1800), who also cites the appearance of similar rowell spurs on portraits dating to the first half of the 17th century.

Class: Rowell spur

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 46.1 mm
Width: 54.7 mm
Thickness: 9.5 mm
Weight: 12.73 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 2nd April 2017 - Sunday 2nd April 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Wil Partridge
Identified by: Mr Wil Partridge

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt: 017393

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Devon (County)
District: East Devon (District)
To be known as: Farringdon CP

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From 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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Recording Institution: DEV
Created: 11 months ago
Updated: 11 months ago

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