DEV-76D033: Post Medieval spur

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SPUR

Unique ID: DEV-76D033

Object type certainty: Certain
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A Post-Medieval copper alloy rowel spur, probably dating to c. AD 1700-1850. The spur is fragmentary, with only one abraded arm and a circular-sectioned neck surviving. The rowel box, rowel and second arm all lost to old breaks. The surviving arm is plano-convex in cross section. The spur appears undecorated, but has surviving traces of a white metal coating.

Dimensions: length 71.5mm; width c. 73mm; thickness 11.7mm; weight 23.60g.

Ellis (2002) notes that rowel spurs largely replaced prick spurs in Western Europe from the 14th century onwards, however most examples are much later than this, with many smaller and more decorative examples dating to the 17th century when they became increasingly fashionable. 17th century examples typically have more elaborate necks than seen here; cf. examples published by Margeson (1993) and Ellis (1993). A silver spur, with similar unelaborated neck, is published by Egan (2010, no.18), hallmarked to 1756.

Class: Rowel 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 1700
Date to: Circa AD 1850

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 71.5 mm
Width: 73 mm
Thickness: 11.7 mm
Weight: 23.6 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 25th February 2018 - Sunday 25th February 2018

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Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: North Dorset (District)
Parish or ward: Stour Provost (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST8122
Four figure Latitude: 50.9970758
Four figure longitude: -2.27212188
1:25K map: ST8122
1:10K map: ST82SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Ellis, B. 2002 Prick Spurs 700-1700, The Finds Research Group AD 700-1700 Stoke-on-Trent The Finds Research Group AD 700-1700
Ellis, P. 1993 Beeston Castle, Cheshire: A Report on the Excavations 1968-85 by Laurence Keen and Peter Hough London Historic Buildings & Monuments Commission for England
Margeson, S. 1993 Norwich Households: Medieval and Post-Medieval Finds from Norwich Survey Excavations 1971-78 Norwich East Anglian Archaeology

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DEV
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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