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Presumed Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

Short steel haft, now lacking its wooden grip, surmounted by a fairly large sixteen-flanged, fig-shaped head.


Dimensions: Length: 419 mm (16.5 in) Weight: 3 lb 7 oz


Places Hungary

Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official Catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1870, p. 52 (VIII.30).

Harold, Viscount Dillon, Illustrated Guide to the Armouries, Tower of London, London, 1910, p. 157 (VIII.44), Pl. 18 (but image wrongly captioned VIII.45).

Charles ffoulkes, Inventory and Survey of the Armouries of the Tower of London, 2 vols, London, 1916, vol. II, pp. 254-255 (illus.).

P.J. Lankester, 'Two maces from Henry VIII's arsenal?', Royal Armouries Yearbook, 5, 2000, pp. 27-43, at pp. 35, table 1 (earlier inv. nos) 36 (discrepancy in number of flanges).


For the identification of this mace in Hewitt 1870 and Dillon 1910 (derived from RA MSS I.11 and I.22), and for the renumberings generally, see Lankester 2000, pp. 34-5 and concordance of the class VIII renumberings prepared by PJL (copy in RA Library).
The numbers of flanges described by ffoulkes (correctly 16) differs from the number given by Dillon (incorrectly 14) but Lankester concluded that this was due to miscounting of the flanges by Dillon rather than to muddling of the inventory numbers (Lankester 2000, p. 36).
The wooden grip (now missing) is shown in the illustration in ffoulkes 1916.