Object Title

Spear

Spear

Date

1500-1530

Object Number

VII.31

Provenance

Not recorded in IBE. Presumably Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

Broad, leaf-shaped hollow blade. [No description in IBE. This description is taken 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. 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 and surmounted by what appears to be a debased 'mantling'. There are traces of fabric and leather on the (possibly original?) haft.

Dimensions

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,

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.