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Mace
  • Mace
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1550
  • Iron or steel and gold, gilded and hatched
  • Length: 63.5 cm
    Weight: 1.54 kg
  • A984
  • European Armoury II
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Mace, the head set with seven flanges, the shaped edges having projecting cusps with strongly reinforced points in the centre of each. The whole is topped by a short, quadrangular, pointed finial.

    Hollow, tubular haft, divided in the centre by a roped moulding. The upper half is worked with flat longitudinal ribs incised with triple lines with obliquely hatched panels between. The lower half of the haft of grip is similarly ornamented with spiral bands alternately lined and hatched. Immediately in front of the central moulding the haft is pierced for a lanyard. The flanges and spaces between retain considerable traces of gilding.

    German, about 1550.

    This mace belongs to a common type: e.g. Musée de l' Armée, Paris, nos. K 45, 46. Another was in the collection of Sir Guy Laking, sold Christie's, 19-22 April, 1920, lot 19. It is now displayed with the equestrian armour A29.

    This piece is apparently illustrated in an anonymous dealer's photograph among the papers of W. H. Riggs in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, probably priced at 200 fr. (S. Pyhrr, letter of November 1980).