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Oct 22, 2010

Pricked Spur

Pricked Spur



Overall: 14.9 x 7.9 cm (5 7/8 x 3 1/8 in.)

Weight: .06

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1604


The spur was an essential part of the knight's equipment. Fastened to his heels by means of straps and buckles, it was used to prod a horse into action. These examples represent the oldest type recorded, the "pricked" spur, so-called because its neck terminated in a spike. The pricked spur was replaced during the Middle Ages by the "rowel" spur, with a rotating spiked wheel.

See also
MED - Arms & Armor
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Arms and Armor

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