But in later times, the ensigns and marks of Knighthood, by the sword, are observed, to be a girdle and sword gilded, and girded to his side: as also, a pair of spurs gilt, to signify… the reward of his horsemanship and that he is a Chevalier.
– From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p109
The ensigns of Knighthood by the sword, were in ancient times, a ring of gold, and a chain or collar of gold, with a pair of spurs gilded.
– From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p108
The whole Spur appears in the arms of the family of Knight, allusive to the name.
– From Inquiries into the Origin and Progress of the Science of Heraldry in England by James Dallaway, p462 (1793)