The mace, similar to a baton, is carried by the Drum Major and used to signal visual communications to the band when on parade.
The main components of the mace are:
- Finial – a relatively small, ornamental, terminal feature at the top of the head. The finial can be changed to alter the balance of the mace.
- Head – sits atop the collar and staff, usually made out of nickel-plated chrome and with a hollow inside. The head of the mace comes in various shapes and designs.
- Collar – usually where the balancing point of the mace can be found, the collar is a small fitting approximately three quarters way up the length of the staff.
- Staff – usually made out of Malacca cane, sometimes out of man-made hollow fibreglass spun shaft.
- Chain or Cord – It is common to place a chain or cord over the shaft which connects to the collar. The cord provides extra grip, especially in rainy weather.
- Ferrule – Provides a finish to the bottom of the mace and can be altered to change the length of the mace.
Image Source: plheineman.net
« Back to Glossary Index