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Presumed Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

Short, hollow haft fitted with an inset wooden grip. The fig-shaped head is formed by twenty flanges surmounted by a button terminal.


Dimensions: Length: 457 mm (18 in) Weight: 2 lb 11 oz


Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official Catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1870, p. 52 (VIII.31).

Harold, Viscount Dillon, Illustrated Guide to the Armouries, Tower of London, London, 1910, p. 157 (VIII.45) - text ref. to Pl. 18 is incorrect as object captioned as VIII.45 is in fact VIII.44.

Charles ffoulkes, Inventory and Survey of the Armouries of the Tower of London, 2 vols, London, 1916, vol. II, p. 254.

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 (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).