Description A mace is a club-like weapon with a shaft and a large head, often with radiating flanges. In the Middle Ages, it was used by a knight on horseback in the combat that followed the initial charge with lances. With technical improvements in armor and other weapons, it lost its role in war but continued to be carried as a symbol of military rank.
Provenance Hollingworth Magniac (1786-1867), Colworth, Bedford [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Charles Magniac, Colworth, 1867, by inheritance; Sale, Christie's, London, July 2 or 4, 1892, no. 911; Clements [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Griffith Keasbey, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sale, American Art Association, New York, November 29, 1924, no. 64; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1924 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1924
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