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Pair of Rowel Spurs

Date:
ca. 1350
Culture:
French
Medium:
Copper alloy, enamel, gold, rock crystal
Dimensions:
L. 5 1/4 in. (13.34 cm); spread of sides, 3 1/2 in. (8.89 cm); Wt. 6 oz. (170.1 g)
Classification:
Equestrian Equipment-Spurs
Credit Line:
Gift of Amory S. Carhart, in memory of his father, Amory S. Carhart, 1926
Accession Number:
26.80.1–.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
Said to have been found in the church of Villandraut, France, in a tomb of the de Goth family.
Marking: @#CR#@@#LF#@See cards for illustrations

(as they would seem to appear on the left spur)
Sable (or azure) 3 fesses (or bars) or within a bordure gules (only a trace of the red enamel on the bordure still remains).

Arms of du Gout de Caseaux (olim de Goth) Or 3 fasces de gules (as given by Jongla de Morenas, Grand Armorial de France, IV, p. 194, no. 18023, and Rietstap).

Arms of de Dio (Palatin de Dio du Montpeiroux)
(as given by Jongla de Morenas, Grand armorial de France, III, p. 199, no. 12987, and Rietstap)

Arms of de Dammartin
(as given by Jongla de Morenas, Grand Armorial de France, III, p. 137, no. 12188, and Rietstap)

The above arms are the closest to the arms on spurs 29.60.1-2, that have been found. However, both are "barry of six within a bordure" rather than "three fesses on a shield within a bordure".
H. Nickel, May 4, 1965
Villandraut
Dean, Bashford. "The Metropolitan Museum of Art, February the Sixth to April the Sixteenth, 1911." In Catalogue of a Loan Exhibition of Arms and Armor. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, January 1911.

Dean, Bashford. Notes on Arms and Armor. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1916.

Boccia, Lionello G. L'Armeria del Museo Civico Medievale di Bologna. Busto Arsizio, Italy: Bramante Editrice, 1991.



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