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Physical Description

With basal lugs. Tudor royal arms (order of quarters transposed) with supporters of a lion (dexter) and a dragon (sinister), on one side and a helmeted profile head on the other.


Dimensions: Overall: 2112 mm; head: 938 mm


Places Italy

Bibliographic References

C ffoulkes, Inventory and survey of the armouries of the Tower of London, London, HMSO, 1916, II, p. 223.

A V B Norman and G M Wilson, Treasures from the Tower of London, Norwich, 1982: 65, no. 47 (illus.), Pl. XII.

P. Hammond, Royal Armouries Official Guide, 2nd (rev'd) edn, London, 1993, p. 35, left (col. ill., det. blade and part of haft - 'Weapons of Henry VIIIs guards').

T. Richardson and G. Rimer, Treasures from the Tower in the Kremlin, Moscow, 1997, cat. no. 13, pp. 52-53 (ill.), 174 (ill.) - 'Italian, 16th century'.

Royal Armouries, Royal Armouries Tower of London [souvenir guide], Royal Armouries, Leeds, 2000, p. 10 (col. illus., bottom, left; head and part of haft only, as Hammond 1993).

P.J. Lankester, 'Two maces from Henry VIII's arsenal?', Royal Armouries Yearbook, 5, 2000, pp. 27-43, at p. 29 (mention).

T Richardson, The Armour and Arms of Henry VIII, Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, 2002, p. 30 (illus., top left (centre), p. 31 (iilus., top left - printed in reverse).


For general information on this type of partizan (Henrician spear type F) and for lists of other examples in the collection, see entry for VII.146, under Notes.
For other partizans bearing the Tudor royal arms and for references discussing the transposed quarters, see entry for VII.146, under Notes.