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Object Title

Scythe

Scythe

Date

1600-1699

Object Number

VII.961

Provenance

Old Tower collection. Said to have been taken from Monmouth's troops in 1687.

Physical Description

Concave scythe blade with slightly concave single edge and inward turn to back edge. The blade is blackened. Tang straightened and set into a modern wooden haft and held by two nails. The haft ends in a brass shoe, a plain tube with no lower end. The haft may have had a terminal spike.

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Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 2450 mm (96.5 in), length of blade: 700 mm (27.5 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

Near tang, stamped with maker's mark.

Bibliographic References

A Borg, Two studies in the history of the Tower. II The Spanish armoury in the Tower. Archaeologia, CV, 1976, pp. 332-352, at pp. 349-350, Pl. XCIIIa (blade).

E. Black, Kings in conflict : Ireland in the 1690s, Belfast, 1990 (catalogue of an exhibition held at the Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, from 11th April - 2nd September 1990; Ulster Museum Publication No. 265), p. 41, no. 40 (illus.).

F. Wilkinson, Those entrusted with arms..., London, Greenhill Books and Leeds, Royal Armouries, 2002, p. 77, fig. 6.2 (blade).

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