The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Lance
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy, probably
  • 17th century
  • Iron or steel, paint and wood
  • Length: 348.5 cm, shaft
    Length: 13.9 cm, lance-point
    Weight: 3.08 kg
  • A1022
  • European Armoury I
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Further Reading
  • Lance, of light wood, the lower part in front of the grip of octagonal section, with hollow, longitudinal flutes; the whole painted with spiral bands of red and white; conical lance-point. This type of lance was used for running at the ring and at the quintain.

    Probably Italian, 17th century.

    Laking, European Armour III, fig. 869 (right-hand portion).

    Provenance: Probably Dubois de Bruxelles sale (Oudart and Barre, Paris, 28-29 February 1868), lot 218 or 219, both of which are described as 'lance de tournoi';"Article du procés-verbal, no. 1903, 120 fr. plus commission; no year is given, but probably 1868 in view of the sale mentioned above), to the Comte de Nieuwerkerke.