Object Title

Spear

Spear

Date

1501-1530

Object Number

VII.12

Provenance

Not recorded in IBE. Presumably Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

Broad, leaf-shaped hollow blade. [Part description only in IBE. This description is partly taken from IBE for VII.12, and partly from IBE for VII.3 to which this example is stated to be similar.]
The hollow blade has a short socket which extends into the head and is continued to the reinforced point as a medial rib. The mark (see below) appears above an etched (or engraved?) panel of a Tudor rose enclosed in a shield-shaped frame and surmounted by what appears to be a debased 'mantling'. Head mounted on a spontoon haft with separate langets.

Dimensions

HeadDepth42mm
HeadLength18.6in.
HeadLength473mm
HeadWidth95mm
OverallLength2538mm
OverallWeight2267g
OverallWeight5lbs
Head (including langets)Length632mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamp
7-toothed cog wheel
On each face of blade

Associations

Places Italy

Bibliographic References

Charles ffoulkes, Inventory and Survey of the Armouries of the Tower of London, 2 vols, London, 1916, vol. II, p. 221 (see Notes under VII.1 for extract).

Notes

For general information on this type of spear and for lists of other examples in the collection, arranged by [sub]-type, see entry for VII.1.