‘English Steel Spur Rowel’, possibly 15th century, Rago
‘English Steel Spur Rowel’, possibly 15th century, Rago

English steel spur rowel with traces of gilding, formed as a five-pointed star, bearing handwritten paper label stating that the rowel was taken by a John Wattis from a suit of armor belonging to King Richard III, contained in a chest at Bosworth Church, England, possibly 15th century.

Note: King Richard III was killed at the Battle of Bosworth In 1485 and buried by the Grey Friars where the City of Leicester now stands. In 2012, archaeologists excavated both the foundation of Greyfriars church and Richard III's skeleton within.--Courtesy of Rago Auctions

Skinner Auctions, European Furniture & Decorative Arts, October 24, 2009, lot 221