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Object Title

Combination mace and gun - Holy Water Sprinkler

Combination mace and gun - Holy Water Sprinkler

Date

1501-1530

Object Number

XIV.1

Provenance

Old Tower collection

Physical Description

Constructed with a wooden haft thickened at the top where it is set with three short gun-barrels intended to be ignited by hand. The top portion, or 'head', is encased in steel plates. The plates are crudely cut with rectangular holes to expose the touch-hole, and thin strips run the length of the barrel either side of the touch-hole. The left strip on one is lost, revealing a line of three holes. A band of steel at the top end secures the barrels. These are further secured by three langets that run up the head between the barrels, secured by 7, 8 and 9 nails respectively, and each furnished with 3 spikes of square section. A short pike head projects between the barrels at the top and serves to secure three plates which may be pivited to cover the muzzles. It has a deep medial rib runnig the entire length of the leaf-shapedflank
A crude iron conical shoe is secured to the wooden haft by 2 flat rivets. It is now open and damaged around the joint and upper edges. The wood in this area has a gouge running up it for about 17 cm

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Techniques

hand crafted

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength7.5 inhes
BarrelLength190 mm
OverallLength72 inhes
OverallLength1829 mm
OverallWeight3.34 kg

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number None visible

Calibre

.45 in

Inscriptions and Marks

None visible

Bibliographic References

P. Hammond, Royal Armouries Official Guide, 2nd (rev'd) edn, London, 1993, p. 35, right (col. ill., det. blade and part of haft - 'Weapons of Henry VIIIs guards').

T. Richardson and G. Rimer, Treasures from the Tower in the Kremlin, Moscow, 1997, cat. no. 8, pp. 44-45 (col. illus. - gen. view and det of head), 172 (b. & w. illus. - det. of head) - 'possibly English, early 16th century'.

Royal Armouries, Royal Armouries Tower of London [souvenir guide], Royal Armouries, Leeds, 2000, p. 10 (col. illus., bottom right of group; head and part of haf only, as Hammond 1993); p. 22 (col. illus., sim. to former illus. but larger).

T Richardson, The Armour and Arms of Henry VIII, Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, 2002, p. 32 (illus., bottom).

Notes

This is probably the weapon noted in the Inventory of 1547 as 'Holly Water sprincles wt thre gonnes in the Topp oone'. In the Inventory of 1676 it has become 'King Henry ye 8ths Walking Staff' and reappears as such in those of 1683 and 1688.[Valuation] ' 1 at £0.1.0.'

Thumbnail image of Combination mace and gun. Holy Water Sprinkler believed to be Henry VIII's XIV.1
Thumbnail image of Combination mace and gun. Holy Water Sprinkler believed to be Henry VIII's XIV.1
Thumbnail image of Combination mace and gun. Holy Water Sprinkler believed to be Henry VIII's XIV.1
Thumbnail image of Combination mace and gun. Holy Water Sprinkler believed to be Henry VIII's XIV.1
Thumbnail image of Combination mace and gun. Holy Water Sprinkler believed to be Henry VIII's XIV.1
Thumbnail image of Combination mace and gun - Holy Water Sprinkler Believed to be Henry VIII's
Thumbnail image of Combination mace and gun - Holy Water Sprinkler Believed to be Henry VIII's
Thumbnail image of Combination mace and gun - Holy Water Sprinkler Believed to be Henry VIII's
Thumbnail image of Combination mace and gun - Holy Water Sprinkler Believed to be Henry VIII's
Thumbnail image of Combination mace and gun - Holy Water Sprinkler Believed to be Henry VIII's
Thumbnail image of Combination mace and gun - Holy Water Sprinkler Believed to be Henry VIII's
Thumbnail image of Combination mace and gun - Holy Water Sprinkler Believed to be Henry VIII's
Thumbnail image of Combination mace and gun - Holy Water Sprinkler Believed to be Henry VIII's
Thumbnail image of Combination mace and gun. Holy Water Sprinkler believed to be Henry VIII's XIV.1