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Acquired by the Armouries before 1859 (in the 1859 catalogue of the Armouries it is probably VII.388, 'boar spear, the head damaskined [sic] in gold and silver. 16th century').

Physical Description

Large, leaf-shaped blade with pronounced medial ridge and short hexagonal socket pierced to receive the bolt of a toggle. The toggle, socket and the lower part of the blade are decorated with applique patterns of trophies of arms, laurel branches, strapwork arabesques and stars in silver and gold against a blackened ground. Modern haft.


Dimensions: Overall length: 1861 mm (73.3 in), length of head (blade and socket): 404 mm (15.8 in), max. width of head (approx.): 100 mm (4 in) Weight: 5 lb (2.27 kg)

Bibliographic References

E von Koerner 1929-31 Franzosische Strangenwaffen in der dresdener Rustkammer, Zeitschrift fur historiche Waffenkunde, XII: 12-13

P. Hammond 1993 Royal Armouries Official Guide, 2nd (rev'd) edn, London: 7, left (col. ill. - 'French or possibly Italian, about 1600'). _

J.F.Hayward 1962 The Art of the Gunmaker I, London: 102-4

Mann, Sir James 1962 Wallace Collection Catalogues: European Arms and Armour, London II: 557

C. Blair, Review of di Carpegna 1968, N, Arma de fuoco della collezione Odescalchi, Rome in The Connoisseur, August 1969: 256-7

A.V.B. Norman and C.M. Barne 1980 The Rapier and Small-Sword, 1460-1820, London etc.: 328, 362

A V B Norman and G M Wilson, Treasures from the Tower of London, Norwich, 1982: p.71.

Royal Armouries, Royal Armouries Museum [souvenir guide], Royal Armouries, Leeds, 2000, p. 26 (head only).

Royal Armouries, Royal Armouries Museum [Leeds]. Souvenir guide, Royal Armouries, Leeds etc. [2006], p. 61, illus. (blade and part of haft - 'Frend or Italian, about 1600').

C. Paggiarino, The Royal Armouries, masterpieces of medieval and renaissance arms and armour, Milan, 2011 volume 2


cf. Pistol, Cat. no. A 808 in Wallace Collection possibly by M Rota, Florence. A partizan in Laking, 1904 Cat. no. 39 at Windsor Castle. Also, Zeitschrift fur Historiche Waffen und Kostumkunde XII 1929-31, pp 11-19 shows similar spears at Dresden given by Margraf Johann Kasimir von der Pfalz to his brother-in-law Christian I. In the 1591 inventory they are described as 'frazosische Eisen'. von Koerner, E (1929-31).

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