The Wallace Collection

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  • Spur
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France, probably Paris
  • c. 1645 - c. 1655
  • Steel, blackened and chased
  • Weight: 0.115 kg
  • A384
  • European Armoury III
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  • Spur, one of a pair with A383, of blackened steel; the short neck, of which the portion nearest the heel is chiselled as a female herm, is bent at a right angle; five pointed star-shaped rowel; large pierced buckles ending in female herms, and three hooks each for the straps; the entire surface is chiseled in relief. On the outside of the arms are compartments containing idyllic pastoral scenes, and the points of the rowels with bearded heads; the workmanship is of high quality.

    It seems likely that the chiseller of these spurs also worked on sword hilts of the type of Wallace Collection A685, and may in fact have been a medallist. For instance, Jean Revoir, appointed fourbisseur du Roi and given a logement in the Grande Galerie du Louvre in 1683, seems also to have been employed by the King as a medallist (Norman and Barne, 1980, pp. 329 and 336).