During the Middle Ages, spurs were one of the symbols of knighthood. As part of the knighthood ceremony, an established knight would place spurs on the new knight and gird on his sword. The former would then declare that the latter was now a knight.
Medieval Iron Spurs
A selection of medieval rowel spurs, mainly D-section and C-shaped in plan.
The spurs are made from hand-forged wrought iron. They feature a curved, slender, U-shaped heel-band with pierced terminals for straps, and a short neck with a goad of elongated spikes.
Provenance: From a private European collection formed in the 1980s.
Condition: Fine condition, cleaned and conserved; rowels with some damage.