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Old Tower collection. sold in 1966 at Chrisites. Purchased, spikes restored and re-sold at Sotheby's, June 1973. Purchased by the The Blunderbuss, from whom the Tower regained it.

Physical Description

Wooden octagonal head, with circular iron collars at top and bottom. There is an apical spike of square section. At the base and top of the head are sets of 4 long lateral square-section spikes, placed on alternating sides of the octagonal head. The head is stained black and several, perhaps all, of the spikes are replacements. The haft is of brown-painted wood.


Dimensions: Overall length: 1646 mm (64.8 in), length of head and spike: 370 mm (14.55 in), width across spikes: approx. 440 mm (17.3 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

None visible.


Places England


This is the weapon described in the 18th-century guidebooks as No. 16 in the Spanish Armoury:
The Spanish Morning-star; a destructive Engine resembling the Figure of a Star, of which there were many Thousands on board, and all of them with poison'd Points; and were designed to strike at the Enemy as they came on board in case of a close attack.
It is also shown in Hamilton's illustration (used by Skinner), where it is described as:
A Spanish Morning Star to keep off People from Boarding Ships
The view of the weapon as a fake is hard to sustain in view of it's known history and this is supported by an illustration of a very similar weapon in Carre's Panoplie, Pl. 1 E .
It has been given it's old number.