Spur : Corporal A T F Varney, 12 Light Horse Regiment
|Title||Spur : Corporal A T F Varney, 12 Light Horse Regiment|
|Date made||c 1914-1915|
|On display||Main building: Special Exhibition Space|
Solid nickel and leather spur. The rowel has been replaced by a coin. This spur has a 1916 Egyptian 2 piastres coin. The spur has a single leather boot strap shaped with an instep guard, and a length of chain which is worn under the instep and attached at each end with a sliding clip.
This spur was worn by Albany Varney during his service with the 12th Light Horse Regiment. It features an Egyptian coin where the rowel would normall be located. Rowels, spiked discs on the back of the spurs, helped control the horses. Spurs were worn by all light horsemen, but some believed that the use of rowels reflected negatively on their horsemanship, so, like Varney, they replaced them with Egyptian coins.