This example represents the mace as it evolved from the high Gothic form of about 1480 to the fully developed form about mid-century. It is made of iron, the main body of 13 individual elements so skillfully brazed as to appear as a single unit. Domed end caps and terminals are separately applied. The six flange, rather than seven construction, is derived from the Gothic model as is the deeply cusped form of the flanges. The haft above the grip is pierced for a wrist thong revealing its original wood core. An example similar in details of form, owned by the Duke of Urbino before 1508, was preserved in the Astor Collection at Hever Castle until 1983. Length: 25 1/2" Weight: 2:13.4.