Object Title

Spear

Spear

Date

1500-1530

Object Number

VII.28

Provenance

Not recorded in IBE. Possibly Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

Broad, leaf-shaped hollow blade. [Part description only in IBE. This description is taken partly from IBE for VII.5 to which this example is stated to be similar] Hollow blade has a short socket which extends into the head and is continued to the reinforced point as a medial rib. Traces of gilding remain. Socket attached to haft by 2 rivets. The mark (see below) appears above an etched (or engraved?) panel of a Tudor rose set between parallel lines and surmounted by an engrailed band. Haft shows traces of leather and fabric binding; it is possibly original.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length of head: 457 mm (18 in.)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, stamped: 8-toothed cog-wheel.

Associations

Places Italy

Bibliographic References

Charles ffoulkes, Inventory and Survey of the Armouries of the Tower of London, 2 vols, London, 1916, vol. II, p. 221 (see Notes under VII.1 for extract).

Notes

For general information on this type of spear and for lists of other examples in the collection, arranged by [sub]-type, see entry for VII.1.