Object Title

Axe or mace haft (see note)

Axe or mace haft (see note)



Object Number



Found, Lanthorn Tower, room 5, January 1989.

Physical Description

The haft is of iron, with a narrow grip at the base. At the top is a flaring section, hollowed inside for a wooden core. Below that is an angular moulding and a rounded moulding, each bordered by ribs above and below, and a long, straight central section, at the base of which is a ribbed and a rounded moulding, each bordered by ribs. The grip is formed by an octagonal section, narrowing to the centre where there is an angular knop, and terminating in a bullet-headed finial. The whole surface is covered in thick silver incised with flowers on a finely punched ground.


Dimensions: overall length 55.5 cm (21.9 in) Weight: The weight of the shaft is 0.52 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks




The decoration is closely comparable to that of XXVIC.65. This object is however an end for a spear shaft, exactly the same in all respects to that on XXVIL.222.