Apr 27, 2020

Pricked Spur

Pricked Spur



Overall: 19 x 8.4 cm (7 1/2 x 3 5/16 in.)

Weight: 80 g (2.82 oz.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1953

Did you know?

Before they were made of metal, the earliest spurs were probably thorns that were attached to the back of the heel.


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. This example represents 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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