Object Title

Spear

Spear

Date

1700-1799

Object Number

XXVIL.8

Provenance

Acquired before 1859.

Physical Description

The head is long, and widens into barbs at the base where it is reinforced at either side with thin sheets of iron each with a leaf-shaped terminal. The blade tapers to a heavily reinforced point, has a pronounced medial ridge and is riveted to the flattened ends of a split tang into which it is set. The broken haft is now short and thick, and has a brass socket with mouldings and a circular plate with engraved, down-turned edge which fits closely below the head. A circle of purple silk tassels is attached to a cord that encircles the socket. There is also a cord tied around the socket that ends in multiple tassels.

Dimensions

Dimensions: overall length: 201.1 cm (79.4 in), blade length: 71.2 cm (28.1 in) Weight: The weight of the spear is 2.10 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

Associations

Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.399, p. 111.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.442, p. 42.