Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Pair of Rowel Spurs

Date:
early 17th century
Culture:
probably German
Medium:
Iron alloy, silver
Dimensions:
42.50.363; L. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm); W. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm); Diam. of rowel 2 9/16 in. (6.5 cm); Wt. 4.5 oz. (127.6 g); 42.50.363; L. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm); W. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm); Diam. of rowel 2 9/16 in. (6.5 cm); Wt. 4.7 oz. (133.2 g)
Classification:
Equestrian Equipment-Spurs
Credit Line:
Gift of Stephen V. Grancsay, 1942
Accession Number:
42.50.363–364
Not on view
This type of silver-inlaid decoration standing out against a blackened background was very popular on 17th-century German metalwork. In the first half of the 17th century, the fashion trend for gentlemen was to wear boots and spurs even non-riding circumstances, including for dancing or walking around at court. Spurs became then more than equestrian tools, but pieces of male jewelry often enriched by the same goldsmiths also working on armor and weapons. Their decoration was sometimes intended to match the sword hilt and the general outfit and horse tack of their owner. These trendy accessories were also a significant mark of status for gentlemen, sometimes nonetheless copied by the bourgeoisie. This fashion progressively disappeared after the mid-17th century
Frédéric Spitzer; Clarence H. Mackay, Roslyn, L.I.
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