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Object Title

Spear

Spear

Date

1610

Object Number

VII.81

Provenance

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.

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Dimensions

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

Notes

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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