DEV-73C0BD: Post-medieval Spur

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Unique ID: DEV-73C0BD

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An incomplete Post-medieval Rowell Spur, probably dating to c. AD 1600 - 1700. The arms of the spur are plano-convex in cross section, terminating in a figure of eight-shaped terminal deliniated by a transverse collar. One terminal is missing. The neck follows a U-shaped curve, with a longitudinal ridge on its underside. The following a simple collar the neck bifurcates into the rowel box, with two straight, plano-convex sectioned arms terminating in a perforated lug, also deliniated by a collar. The rowell and axis bar are missing; traces of iron corrosion remain in the perforations.

Dimensions: Length 108mm; Width 67mm; Thickness 15.2mm; weight 39.2g.

Ellis (2002) notes that rowell 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. Rowell spurs of very comparable form 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 cites the appearance of similar rowell spurs on portraits dating to the first half of the 17th century.

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: 108 mm
Width: 67 mm
Thickness: 15.2 mm
Weight: 39.2 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 29th December 2017 - Friday 29th December 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Andy Robinson
Identified by: Mr Andy Robinson

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NAD445

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Devon (County)
District: Teignbridge (District)
Parish or ward: Ogwell (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SX8169
Four figure Latitude: 50.50866498
Four figure longitude: -3.67958283
1:25K map: SX8169
1:10K map: SX89NW
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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