Object Title

Spear

Spear

Date

1500-1530

Object Number

VII.29

Provenance

Not recorded in IBE. Presumably Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

Broad, leaf-shaped hollow blade. [No description in IBE. This description 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; an engrailed band over the shield.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length of head: 450 mm (17.75 in.)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, stamped: 7-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.