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Dean Castle Arms and Armour

Pole Arms and Melee Weapons

Five-flanged mace


Maces and other blunt instruments were common sights on the Medieval and Early Modern battlefield, being fairly cheap to requiring little specialist skill to produce. This made them popular for use amongst infantrymen, with longer hafted instruments being used in cavalry. However, in modern times, maces are often seen in use for civic ceremonies such as parliamentary or formal academic functions.


This mace is of Italian origin and is composed entirely of steel. It has 5 pierced flanges with a flat back to the mace's head. The haft is ornately decorated with vegetable and floral designs with criss-crossing stems on a hammered ground.

Dean Castle
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East Ayrshire Council

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