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Old Tower collection

Physical Description

Large hollow wooden tournament lance. Haft fluted and painted tip to grip: black, yellow, red, black. Traces of gilding remain. Associated with Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk (d. 1545) since 1598.


Dimensions: Overall length: 4360 mm (172 in), max diameter: 200mm (8 in) Weight: 9.1 kg (20 lb)

Bibliographic References

Lena Rangstr÷m (ed.), Riddarlek Och Tornerspel [English title Tournament and the Dream of Chivalry], (exhibition catalogue) Livrustkammaren, Stockholm, 1992, no. 56, pp. 81 (illus.), 82, 341 (English translation) - 'c.1500-1545'.

D. Starkey (ed.), Henry VIII : a European court in England (exhib. cat.), National Maritime Museum, Greenwich 1991, p. 45, No. III.3 (poor illus.).

Royal Armouries, Royal Armouries Tower of London [souvenir guide], Royal Armouries, Leeds, 2000, p. 9 (illus., incomplete view, half nearest tip missing). guide], Royal Armouries, Leeds, 2000,

G Rimer, T Richardson and J P D Cooper, Henry VIII: Arms and the Man, Leeds, 2009,p.136-137


Display label in (permanent) White Tower displays (from c. 1997) has it as 'Probably English, about 1540'.