Object Title

Spear

Spear

Date

1500-1530

Object Number

VII.38

Provenance

Not recorded in IBE. Presumably Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

Broad, leaf-shaped hollow blade. [Part description only 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) 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; there is an engrailed band over the shield.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Maximum length: about 2000 mm; max width: about 80 mm; length of head: 412 mm (16.2 in.)

Inscriptions and Marks

On each face of blade, stamped: 7-toothed cog wheel.

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