Object Title

Spear

Spear

Date

1501-1530

Object Number

VII.16

Provenance

Not recorded in IBE. Presumably Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

Broad, leaf-shaped hollow blade. [No description in IBE. This description is taken from IBE for VII.5 to which this example is stated to be similar]
Hollow blade has a short socket which extends into the head and is continued to the reinforced point as a medial rib. Socket attached to haft by 2 rivets. The mark (see below) appears above an etched (or engraved?) panel of a Tudor rose set between parallel lines and surmounted by an engrailed band. traces of gilding remain.

Dimensions

HeadLength16.5in.
HeadLength420mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamp
8-toothed cog-wheel
On at least one face of blade (needs to be checked)

Associations

Places Italy

Bibliographic References

Charles ffoulkes, Inventory and Survey of the Armouries of the Tower of London, 2 vols, London, 1916, vol. II, p. 221 (see Notes under VII.1 for extract).

Notes

For general information on this type of spear and for lists of other examples in the collection arranged by [sub] type, see entry for VII.1.


For some years the lists on the loans dept file cited this item under the incorrect inv. number of VII.6. One list had been changed to the correct number, VII.16, which was found on a fairly old disc attached to the haft on its return from Loan L5 on 04/06/1992. (PJL)