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

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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