Historically, maces were club-like weapons that can trace their ancestry back to Paleolithic times. Evidence of their use can be found in the archeological record from around the world. They were originally made from stone but were later fashioned from wood and metal as technology improved. Eventually, this more cumbersome weapon was phased out of warfare and found a new purpose as a ceremonial object symbolizing authority, power and prestige. Today, maces are often used by universities and government bodies such as the British House of Commons and the US Congress to signal a meeting is in session. They also support ecclesiastical rituals and are held in many private collections.
The preliminary design drawings were started in 2011. Work continued for roughly four years and the construction was finally completed in 2015. The Mace "stands" approximately 23 inches tall by 7 inches wide and is carefully crafted from pure silver, 24k gold plating over sterling, hammered copper, inlayed resin, hand carved Italian acetate and set with over 130 precious gems, some of which include, white diamonds and a 30mm amber sphere from the Dominican Republic. It illustrates my passion for the ornate and my love for making meticulously crafted, fine art objects. (Photo credit: Drew Gilbert and Jon Reece, except construction shot. Saul Bell Award photo credit to Rio Grande).