"M" is for Mace

Oct 16, 2020

Credit SC Public Radio

"M" is for Mace. The mace is a symbol of the authority of the South Carolina House of Representatives. The scepter-like object rests in a rack at the front of the Speaker’s podium whenever the House is in session and is sometimes carried in processions. The Mace has been used by South Carolina legislative bodies, with some interruptions, since it was made for the Commons House of Assembly in 1756.  It was crafted by Magdalen Feline, a master London goldsmith. It is approximately forty-eight inches long, weighs almost eleven pounds, and is fashioned of silver burnished with gold. It is topped by a symbolic royal crown. Around the cylindrical mace-head are four decorative panels from the colonial great seal of King George II.  South Carolina’s is the oldest mace in continuous use by any American legislature.