Tenth and Eleventh century spurs often terminated in a small prick or a point whilst the arms were always straight.
The Bayeux Tapestry clearly shows mounted Norman knights wearing spurs. These spurs are reminiscent of 10/11th century spurs used at the time of Hastings.
Total length: 170mm
Spur length: 74mm
Weight: 218g per pair
The spurs of medieval knights were gilt and those of squires were silvered. "To win his spurs" meant to gain knighthood, as gilded spurs were reckoned the badge of knighthood.
Prick spurs were the standard form until the 14th century, when the rowel began to become more common. The prick design never died out entirely, but instead became a thicker, shorter neck with a dulled end, such as the modern "Prince of Wales" design commonly seen in English riding.
Though often decorated throughout history, in the 15th century, spurs became an art form in both decoration and design, with elaborate engraving, very long shanks and large rowels. Though sometimes it has been claimed that the design changes were used because of barding, the use of barding had fallen out of fashion by the time the most elaborate spur designs were created.
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