Object Title

Spear

Spear

Date

1501-1530

Object Number

VII.15

Provenance

Not recorded in IBE. Presumably Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

Broad, leaf-shaped hollow blade. [No description in IBE. This description is taken from IBE for VII.9, to which this example is stated to be similar]
The hollow blade has a short socket which extends into the head and is continued to the reinforced point as a medial rib. Socket attached to haft by 2 rivets. The mark (see below and 'Notes') appears above an etched (or engraved?) panel of a Tudor rose enclosed in a shield-shaped frame. The rose is on a hatched ground and surmounts two leaves and sprigs; an engrailed band over the shield.

Dimensions

HeadLength16in.
HeadLength406mm
OverallLength178mm
OverallLength240mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamp
7-toothed cog wheel
On each face of blade

Bibliographic References

G Rimer, T Richardson and J P D Cooper, Henry VIII: arms and the man, Leeds, 2009,

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.


Prior to June 1998, this entry stated the mark was illegible, but this is contradicted by the IBE which has been followed here: the mark should be checked (PJL).