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Old Tower collection

Physical Description

Tapering spear-like blade with deep up-curving wings at the base, the wings cusped above and with two small lobes on each side at the base. A medial rib runs the length of the blade. At the top of the socket is a flat octagonal knop, ribbed and pierced; into this is threaded the screw at the base of the blade. Two langets extend down the wooden shaft, secured by three and one flat screws respectively. Mounted on a spontoon haft with shoe.


Dimensions: Overall length: 2488 mm (97.9 in), length of head: 673 mm (26.5 in), length of langets: 318 mm (12.5 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

None visible.


Places Britain

Bibliographic References

C ffoulkes, Inventory and survey of the armouries of the Tower of London, London, HMSO, 1916, II, p. 229 (group entry for VII.341-VII.346).

A Borg 'Heads and Horses, Two Studies in the History of the Tower Armouries' Oxford, 1976, p. 350, n.23.


VII.341-346 are identified by ffoulkes (1916) as those used at the funeral of William III, and shown in the Spanish armoury in the late eighteenth century. See Borg (1976) for further details.