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From the Spanish Museum of Artillery; presented by the Spanish Government (by exchange) in 1842 (see Notes).

Physical Description

Shortened haft. Narrow blade of flattened diamond section set into a fairly short thimble-like socket with two short langets of unequal length, each attached by two screws, the longer with an additional pin or screw filed flush. The haft much shortened.


Dimensions: Overall length: 1305 mm (51.4 in), length of blade: approx. 185 mm (7.3 in), length of head (blade and socket): 257 mm (10.0 in), length of langets: approx. 90 and 140 mm (3.5 and 5.5 in), length of haft, excluding socket: 1047 mm (41.25 in) Weight: 845 gm (1 lb 14 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, one one face, engraved: FA. NL. D TOLEDO (Fabrica Nacional de Toledo) over AÐO D 1837 (the dots following L and A are placed below those letters on the original).


Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official Catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1870, p. 44, VII.65-69 (see Notes).

C. ffoulkes, Inventory and Survey of the Armouries of the Tower of London, London, 1916, vol. II, p. 235 (somewhat misleading group entry for VII.718-720).

William Reid, 'Some International Arms Exchanges, 1835-1846', Royal Armouries Yearbook, 5, 2000, p. 157 (Appendix 5).


A lance of pattern 1837 is included in the list of items presented in 1842 (Reid 2000: COMPLETE) though no pattern of the year 1837 is given in the section on lances in B. Barcel¾ RubÝ, 'El Armamento Portatil Espa±ol (1764-1939), una labor artillera', Libraria Editorial San Martin, Madrid, 1976, pp. 146-8.The next pattern given is that of 1842 on which the closed end of the socket is of squarer shape.
For the arms received from Spain in 1842 and the exchange generally, see Reid 2000, pp. 150-3, 156-7 (Appendix 5).
Hewitt 1870: p. 44, has a group entry for VII.65-69, described as 'Spanish lances, patterns 1815, 1824 (recte 1834?], 1835, 1836 and 1837. Presented by the Spanish Government in 1840'. It might be assumed that they would have been numbered sequentially in the date order of the pattern, yet VII.548, the lance pattern 1815, bears a number on a copper plaque which is probably its Hewitt number, but it is VII.66, not VII.65. The evidence of RA MSS I.11 and I.22 has not yet been examined, nor have the Dillon numbers been identified.