SOM-ECE7B8: Post-Medieval copper alloy spur

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Unique ID: SOM-ECE7B8

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A fragment of a Post-Medieval copper alloy rowel spur, probably dating to c. AD 1600-1700. The fragment comprises the rowel box and part of the neck. The latter is lozengiform in cross-section, tapering slightly towards the body of the spur and truncated by a worn break. At the other end the neck bifurcates in line with a sharp break in angle of around 90 degrees, forming the rowel box. Each arm of the box has a D-shaped cross section and terminates in a perforated lobe, deliniated by a slightly flanged cross-moulding; both lobes retain corrosion from an iron axis bar. Each facet of the neck and arms are decorated by a series of parallel diagonal lines of punched pellets, retaining traces of gilding in places.

Dimensions: length 52.4mm; width 10.6mm; thickness 9.5mm; weight 30.93g.

Although no exact parallel has been identified, Ellis (2002) notes that rowell spurs had largely superceded prick spurs during the 13th and 14th centuries, when spurs typically had relatively simple, short, straight necks and with the use of horse armour during the 15th century increasing their general length (Ward-Perkins 1940: 106; cf. ibid: figs 34-35, Ellis 1991: figs. 17-21). During the 17th century spurs became increasingly fashionable objects, with shorter, more angled necks and intricate punched decoration (Ellis 2002: cf. no. 28), resembling contemporary sword belt fittings (eg. DEV-DC8E25). A number of similar rowel spurs are recorded on this database, cf. SF-2730E2, WILT-516684, IOW-65CE21, amongst others. Less elaborate and robust examples, but which are broadly comparable, are published by Margeson (1993: 222, nos. 1799-1800) from 17th century contexts in Norwich.

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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 52.4 mm
Width: 10.6 mm
Thickness: 9.5 mm
Weight: 30.93 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st June 2017 - Tuesday 8th August 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Wil Partridge
Identified by: Ms Sheila Hicks
Secondary identifier: Mr Wil Partridge

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt: 019297

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Iron
Completeness: Fragment
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: Sedgemoor (District)
To be known as: North Petherton

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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