The head of Mace consists of a figure of a winged lion carrying a trident on its shoulder.
The lion is the symbol of Singapore and where the State derives its name. The wings represents the city's importance as an air centre and the trident was the symbol of the city's maritime trading centre for ships from all over the world. On the shaft directly below the lion figure are the crest of the British Crown on one side and the crest of the Colony on the other.
At the base of the shaft is a ring of fish sporting among the waves. The shaft is embossed with lion heads and Chinese junks at regular intervals.
Set at the base of the Mace butt is Sir Stamford Raffles' family's coat of arms; an image of a gryphon head over a royal crown within a round band.
The same coat of arms is found on the pedestal of Sir Stamford Raffles' statue at Empress Place (Singapore).