This finely decorated lance was acquired in 1771 by the English collector Horace Walpole (1717–1797) for display in his armory at Strawberry Hill, one of the earliest and most influential Gothic Revival houses in England.
Ex. coll.: Horace Walpole, Strawberry Hill, England; Beardmore (sale no. 139); George Cameron Stone.[William Ockelford Oldman, London, before 1935; sold to Stone]; George Cameron Stone, New York (by 1934–d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
New Haven. Yale Center for British Art, Yale University. "Horace Walpole's Strawberry HIll," October 15, 2009—January 3, 2010.
London. Victoria and Albert Museum. "Horace Walpole's Strawberry HIll," March 6—July 4, 2010.
Robins, George. The valuable contents of Strawberry Hill. London: George Robins, 1842. lot 70 (or 101).
Beardmore, John. A Catalogue with Illustrations of the Collection of Ancient Arms and Armour, at Uplands, Near Fareham, Hampshire. London: Printed by T. and W. Boone, 1845. p. 26, ill. on pl. 16.
Christie, Manson & Woods. Catalogue of the collection of arms & armour formed early in the 19th century by the late John Beardmore, Esq. ... Colonel H. Carey Batten, O.B.E. London: Christie, Manson & Woods, 07/05/1921. lot 139 (this lance, called Indian, sold to "Russell" for £1.11.6).
Stone, George Cameron. A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor in All Countries and in All Times, Together with Some Closely Related Subjects. Portland, Maine, 1934.