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Received from the Ordnance Office, Tower of London, 14 September 1942, as one of '5 Home Guard Cudgels' (AR.37 1: Tower Armouries Occurrence Book, 1939-1948)

Physical Description

Of iron, painted grey-green; the head shaped like a six-pointed star and riveted into a tubular shaft which is pierced for its cord.


Dimensions: Length: 455 mm Weight: Stated in IBE to be similar to VIII.71 (2 lb 4 oz) but not individually checked.


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Bibliographic References

R. Chester, 'The castle at war. The Tower of London in World War II', Royal Armouries Yearbook, 5, 2000, pp. 172-7, at p. 173 (mention).


Of the five maces acquired in 1942, three are now numbered VIII.71-VIII.73; the remaining two do not appear to have been placed on the inventory.
Home Guard Pikes (VII.1475-VII.1478 - q.v.) were acquired from the same source on 11 September, but there appear now to be only two in the collection and one of these has probably been renumbered (PJL 18/02/1998).
The missing three pikes and two maces are almost certainly those sold by the Armouries at Christie's, 19 July 1966, as part of Lot 1: 'Three Home Guard pikes ...; two maces - circa 1940'. A typed list of 'Arms and Armour for Disposal', dated 9 November 1965 (on file 'Disposals - 1963 - May 1965' at August 2001), includes the following: VII.1475, 1477, 1479 (Home Guard pikes) and, under class VIII but without numbers, 'Two Home Guard maces' (PJL, 08/08/01; photocopies on inv. file).