Object Title

Spear (javelin)

Spear (javelin)



Object Number



Not recorded in IBE. Presumably Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

The hollow blade has short socket which extends into the head and is continued to the reinforced point as a medial rib. Socket attached to haft by 2 rivets. The mark (see below) appears above an etched (or engraved?) panel of a Tudor rose enclosed in a shield-shaped frame. The rose is on a hatched ground and surmounts two leaves and sprigs; there is an engrailed band over the shield.


Dimensions: Overall length: between 240 mm and 178 mm, length of head: 438 mm (17.25 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

On each face of blade, stamped: 7-toothed cog wheel.

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.

G Rimer, T Richardson and J P D Cooper, Henry VIII: arms and the man, Leeds, 2009, p.223


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.