Object Title

Spear

Spear

Date

1500-1530

Object Number

VII.42

Provenance

Not recorded in IBE; presumably Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

Broad, leaf-shaped hollow blade. [Part description only in IBE. This description is taken partly from IBE for VII.42 and partly from IBE for VII.9 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. The rose is on a hatched ground and surmounts two leaves and sprigs; there is an engrailed band over the shield. The head is mounted on a spontoon haft.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length of head: 464 mm (18.25 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

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

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.