How long is the mace? What is the mace even made of? And what is it used for?
Thanks for your question. The Mace is the symbol of the authority of the House of Representatives and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. It is 132cm long, weighs 7.8kg and is made of gilded silver (silver covered with gold).
In medieval England, the royal Serjeants-at-Arms carried a mace stamped with the Royal Arms. This was a weapon used to assert the authority of the monarch. By 1415, the House of Commons in the British Parliament had appointed its own Serjeant-at-Arms to serve the members of the House. The tradition of the Mace in the House of Representatives is taken from this practice in the House of Commons.
The Mace in the House of Representatives.
This image shows the gold coated Mace in the House of Representatives chamber. The Mace is positioned on brackets at the end of a large table in the middle of the room.
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