The Wallace Collection

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  • Spur
  • Attributed to Robert South , Swordsmith
  • England
  • c. 1620
  • Steel, silver and gold, encrusted and gilded
  • Weight: 0.165 kg
  • Label: Obliterated and blue-bordered
  • A373
  • European Armoury III
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  • Spur, one of a pair with A374. The sides of rounded section, made for a narrow heel; the short neck curves upwards and is then bent at an angle; star-shaped rowel of rowel of five points; two hooks for the straps remain, but the buckles are missing. They are of blackened steel boldly encrusted in silver with grotesque figures, masks and scrolls, finely moulded; traces of gilding remain on the inner side of the heel-band where an obliterated, blue-bordered, adhesive label has been affixed.

    Compare the decoration with that on the hilts of the Wallace Collection swords, A557 and A597. The matted ground of the encrusting of A373 also bears traces of fire-gilding. A374 is of nineteenth-century manufacture, made to make up the pair with A373.

    Possibly decorated by the encruster who decorated hilts such as one of English form at Windsor Castle (1904 cat., no. 61). This man may have been the Royal Cutler, Robert South (see A511).