YORYM-6A0BA4: Post-Medieval : Spur

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SPUR

Unique ID: YORYM-6A0BA4

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete copper-alloy rowel spur of Post-Medieval date, c.AD 1650 - 1850. The reaming portion comprises the rowel box (the rowel is missing), neck and part of the sides, both of which terminate in worn brakes.

The neck is circular in section, tapering and splitting in to two forming the rowel box. Both sides of the box are broken and worn. The neck is decorated with eight (8) parallel rows of punched crescents. The opposite end of the neck widens and forks to form curved arms with a D-shaped section. Both arms terminate in worn breaks.

The outer surface of the spur is decorated with a highly elaborated incised foliate style decoration made up of grooves and annulets. Gilding is present within the recesses of the decoration. The interior surface of the arms is undecorated.

The metal has a shiny dark green patina and survives in good condition. The spur fragment is 74.7mm long, 19.6mm wide, 3.4mm thick and weighs 42.2g. The neck is 7.1mm in diameter.

A spur with similar decoration has been recorded as YORYM-33A9C3. It is not unusual for spurs to contain such elaborate decoration as they had a fashionable importance and were a status symbol of the horseman, as well as being functional items (Ellis p124 in Clarke (ed.) 2004).

Ref: Ellis, B. M. A. (1995) 'Spurs and spur fittings' in Clark, J. The Medieval Horse and its Equipment. London: HMSO. p.124.

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 1650
Date to: Circa AD 1850

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 74.7 mm
Width: 19.6 mm
Thickness: 3.4 mm
Weight: 42.2 g
Diameter: 7.1 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Rebecca Griffiths
Identified by: Mrs Rebecca Griffiths

Other reference numbers

Other reference: YMT : E05948

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Bridlington (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TA1567
Four figure Latitude: 54.08607626
Four figure longitude: -0.24343293
1:25K map: TA1567
1:10K map: TA16NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Recording Institution: YORYM
Created: 10 days ago
Updated: 10 days ago

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