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
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.
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