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Pair of Spurs

16th century
German or Hungarian
Iron alloy
W. of spread of sides 2 15/16 in. (7.49 cm); L. of neck 2 11/32 in. (5.99 cm); Diam. of rowel 1 3/4 in. (4.5 cm)
Equestrian Equipment-Spurs
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
14.25.1720a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 371
The decoration of these spurs, with their crest of stylized fleur-de-lis and their hatched engraving, is originally German, while the large rectangular buckles and the circular tabs with hooks are Hungarian. They may be Hungarian spurs inspired by German motifs.
William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
Indianapolis. Indianapolis Museum of Art. "Treasures from the Metropolitan," October 25, 1970–January 3, 1971, no. 33.

Dean, Bashford. "Two Horse Panoplies in the Armor Galleries." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 17, no. 9 (September 1922). pp. 190–93, frontispiece, ill.

Indianapolis Museum of Art. Treasures from the Metropolitan: Catalogue of the Inaugural Exhibition of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, October 25, 1970–January 3, 1971, edited by Carl J. Weinhardt Jr. Indianapolis: Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1970. p. 46, no. 33, ill.

Nickel, Helmut. Ullstein-Waffenbuch: Eine Kulturhistorische Waffenkunde. Mit Markenverzeichnis. Berlin: Ullstein, 1974. p. 127, ill.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Helmut Nickel, Stuart W. Pyhrr, Leonid Tarassuk, American Federation of Arts, and Joseph P. Ascherl. The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: An Exhibition. New York: The Federation, 1982. pp. 54–55, 57, ill.

Mackay-Smith, Alexander, Jean L. Druesedow, and Thomas Ryder. Man and the Horse: An Illustrated History of Equestrian Apparel. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1984. p. 16, ill.

Pyhrr, Stuart W. "Of Arms and Men: Arms and Armor at the Metropolitan, 1912–2012." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 70, no. 1 (Summer 2012). pp. 5, 22, ill.

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