The Mace of the Admiralty Court
The silver oar which is placed on the table below the Bench in the Admiralty Court is the visible sign of a maritime tribunal’s authority. In his article Senior attempts to establish the date on which this symbol of the court’s standing arose. The contemporary mace is not particularly old and probably dates from the early part of the nineteenth century but the history of its use goes back much further. Iconoclastic evidence would suggest it featured as early as the reign of Elizabeth I but may have been authorised as early as 1410.