Object Title

Mace

Mace

Date

1475-1500

Object Number

VIII.123

Provenance

Purchased in March 1989 (formerly deposit A029). Purchased from Ronald A. Lee (dealer) by J. M. Whittaker. Formerly in the collection of Sir Edmund Barry

Physical Description

All metal hexagonal-sectioned shaft, divided into four roughly equal sections. The central section is decorated with three triple moulded collars or knops. The last section comprises the head, which is formed of six triangular flanges, one attached to each face of the shaft. Each flange has three holes in the centre of the triangle, which in turn is flanked by two crockets, with a further, smaller crocket at the end nearest the grip. The head has a spirally fluted, rounded finial, mounted on a double moulded collar. The modern, black leather covered grip ocupies the first quarter of the haft. It has a disc guard at the end towards the head, and a smaller disc at its other end which is surmounted by a rounded finial on a hexagonal stand.
Condition on acquisition: surface generally pitted, but otherwise good for age. One flange of head has been knocked to one side.

Featured in

Hundred Years War

Dimensions

MaceLength510mm
Mace handleWidth40mm
Mace HeadWidth70.5mm

Inscriptions and Marks

No visible marks.

Associations

Bibliographic References

Illustrated in an advertisement for Ronald A. Lee, Journal of the Arms and Armour Society, vol.V, Nos 4 & 5, March 1966, where it is described as French.