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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. The base of the blade is partly gilt, with possible traces of red one side. 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 ash haft, secured by four nails one side and five the other. The haft has split off diagonally.


Dimensions: Overall length: 1768 mm (69.6 in), Length of head: 679 mm (26.75 in), length of langets: 343 mm (13.5 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

Incised in the haft below the langet: XXII


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; Pl. XCIII b.


Class 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.