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Title Iron mace head
Nationality British
Period 14th century

Excavated from a drain in York (UK) some 50 years ago, this fine piece appears to be of cast, or possibly wrought, iron construction. It may well be a captured Islamic piece brought back from the Crusades or purchased through trade with the East - rather than British. The design is clearly of Persian origin.

Later 16th-century Ottoman mace heads had, more typically, ten or twelve segment heads, also of iron, viz the nice collection of captured kit on view in the Kriegshistoriches Museum in Vienna (from the late 16th to 17th century fighting).

It measures 8 cm top to bottom and 7.5 cm across the flanges at the top. It would originally have been mounted on an 18-inch wood shaft, probably ash for strength and flexibility. It weighs 12.25 ozs (370 g). It now has a perspex stand, about six inches high.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Edged Weapons : Polearms : British : 14th Century]


Chris, got the buckle thanks and what a beauty, posted it on the forum already (war relics forum) I mod the buckle forum I have put a thanks to you on there with your site title so might drum up a bit of business for you :)

B E, UK, 13.12.2011

Good news, my friend, the boot knife has arrived safe and sound. This example will more than fill my collection need.

R M, USA, 01.05.2008