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Title: Spurs
Identifier: 979.6.170
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1880-1900
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: Hallmarked silver spurs with chain metal clasps and metal rowels. The heel bands are 'u; shaped with an attached silver shank with a metal rotating rowel at the end. The spurs are held on with silver chains and clasp. There are three hallmarks on the clasp of each spur and faintly on the inside of the heel band. Includes a lion passant and the letter "U".

A spur is a metal tool worn on the heels of boot while riding and used to assist in directing the direction of the horse. They are worn in pairs. The use of spurs dates back to the ancient Celts. Throughout history they have been used by cultures that use horses as a means of transportation. By the 15th century the decoration and design of spurs had become common place in Europe and North America with many elaborate and exaggerated designs becoming common. This trend had ended by the 16th century in Europe but in America the elaborate spur became an essential element in the vaquero and cowboy traditions. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spur
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