Object Title

Spear

Spear

Date

1471-1530

Object Number

VII.91

Provenance

Presumed Tower arsenal

Physical Description

Leaf-shaped blade of very flattened diamond section, the medial ridge barely perceptible. Long socket with lap weld (slightly opened) running full length and attached to shortened, modern, stained wood haft by three nails through holes arranged in a triangle. The blade tip is now rounded and the end of the haft is cut off straight.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 1389 mm (54 11/16 in.), Head length: 355 mm (14 in.), Blade length: 195 mm (11/16 in.), Socket length: 160 mm(6 5/16 in.) Weight: 855 g (1 lb. 14 oz.)

Inscriptions and Marks

No visible marks

Associations

Places Europe

Bibliographic References

C ffoulkes, Inventory and Survey of the Armouries of the Tower of London, London, 1916, vol. II, p. 222 (group entry for VII.82-102) - but see Notes below.

Notes

This number is included in a sequence of numbers (VII.82-102) that are otherwise boar spears, believed to have formed part of Henry VIII's arsenal (Henrician spears, type C), but VII.91 is of a different type and there is no special reason why it should be Henrician. The sequence of numbers VII.82-102 is given by ffoulkes 1916 as a group of boar spears but it is possible (though there is presently no evidence) that the present VII.91 was later substituted for a boar spear of the same type as the others which earlier had that number (PJL, 06/12/00).