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Pair of Rowel Spurs

Date:
ca. 1350
Culture:
French
Medium:
Copper alloy, enameled and gilt; rock crystal
Dimensions:
L. of each, 5 1/4 in. (13.34 cm); spread of sides of each, 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
  • Description

    Said to have been found in the church of Villandraut, France, in a tomb of the de Goth family.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    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

  • Provenance

    Villandraut

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