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Physical Description

General Type Description: The blade has a small, leaf-shaped, triangular sectioned, hollow ground, steel head which is supported on a long conical socket (without langets). The bamboo haft has a buff leather sling secured by a white thong. (After 1883 a leather sleeve or 'protector' was fitted below the sling). The largely conical cast iron shoe begins with a short cylindrical section (without langets) before expanding to form a rounded flange below which it tapers to a rounded point.

Variations, losses, damage, etc: sling and binding coated with whiting and end of sling nailed to haft; protector present; no D-ring present; no pennon present; show with blunt, squared tip.
Head and shoe nickel plated, protectors replaced or fitted, and hafts probably varnished, all by the Royal Armouries, 1989.


Dimensions: Length overall: 2740 mm (107 7/8 in), length of head: 310 mm (12 3/16 in), length of shoe: 172 mm (6 3/4 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

On shoe, stamped: 17/21 L (oblique stroke between 17 and 21 not visible at 30/05/06, possibly obscured by 1989 plating).


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For this pattern generally, see entry for VII.713, under Notes.
Six lances, VII.2421-2426, were refurbished by the Royal Armouries prior to being returned to loan to Buckingham Palace. See notes by PJL (1880-92) and Sarah Bevan (1989) on inv. file.