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Rowel Spur

ca. 1600
Iron alloy, tin
L. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm); W. 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm); Diam. of rowel 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm); Wt. 3.3 oz. (93.6 g)
Equestrian Equipment-Spurs
Credit Line:
Gift of Stephen V. Grancsay, 1942
Accession Number:
Not on view
Despite its simple shape this spur is skillfully chiseled all over with a fishbone motif giving it a particularly sculptural aspect. In the early 17th century spurs became true fashion accessories often worn outside the equestrian context, and some of them were real pieces of jewelry. Even if this spur is simpler and more practical than some of its luxurious contemporaries, its design and and foliate rowel give it enough elegance to align it with this idea.
Clarence H. Mackay, Roslyn, L.I.
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