Object Title

Lever mace

Lever mace

Date

1500-1530

Object Number

VII.1642

Physical Description

Large, heavy head, consisting of six flanges each cusped twice to form three spikes. Alternate flanges have pyramidical tips to these. Above and below and adjacent to the flanges are two thick hexagonal plates, each end. A short neck below is finished with a boldly roped rondel, the whole surmounted by a thick diamond-section spike. The neck is secured by a flat-headed nail on each of two opposite sides. The wooden haft is reinforced with four steel strips: one strap has 6 flat nails, the strap opposite has 7; one strap consists of a short section with three nails and a long section with 8; opposite the strap consists of a short section of 4 nails and one of 10.
There are 2 damage holes spread over 2 of the faces. The flattened butt of the haft is drilled (for a spike?)

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 1892 mm, length of head and spike: 470 mm Weight: 11 lbs 9 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

The underside of the lowest hexagonal plate has a squared U

Bibliographic References

A V B Norman and G M Wilson, Treasures from the Tower of London, Norwich, 1982, COMPLETE.

T Richardson, The Armour and Arms of Henry VIII, Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, 2002, p. 30 (illus., top left (left).

J. Wildman, Hafted weapons in Mdieval and Renaissance, Brill, Leiden, 2005. p. 144, fig. 116.

Notes

These weapons were on display in the Spanish Armoury where they were known as Danish or Saxon clubs. Transferred from Class VIII.1