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)
Gift of Stephen V. Grancsay, 1942
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.
Artist: Made under the direction of Jacob Halder (British, master armorer at the royal workshops at Greenwich, documented in England 1558–1608)Date: 1586Medium: Steel, gold, leather, textileAccession: 32.130.6a–yOn view in:Gallery 371