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Presumed Tower arsenal

Physical Description

Of steel; the hollow haft etched with bands of foliage. The head formed by a steel ball with twenty three [CHK ffoulkes has 25] short spikes.


Dimensions: Length: 584 mm (23 in) Weight: 4 lb 9 oz


Places Europe

Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official Catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, London, 1870, p. 53 (VIII.34).

Harold, Viscount Dillon, Illustrated Guide to the Armouries, Tower of London, London, 1910, p. 158 (VIII.48).

Charles ffoulkes, Inventory and Survey of the Armouries of the Tower of London, 2 vols, London, 1916, vol. II, p. 255.

P.J. Lankester, 'Two maces from Henry VIII's arsenal?', Royal Armouries Yearbook, 5, 2000, pp. 27-43, at pp. 29, 35, table 1, 36, (earlier inv. nos).


For the identification of this mace in Hewitt 1870 and Dillon 1910 (derived from RA MSS I.11 and I.22) and for the renumberings generally, see Lankester 2000, pp. 34-6 and concordance of the class VIII renumberings prepared by PJL (copy in RA Library).
Formerly on loan to Dover Castle (from April 1962), Loan L7.