EUROPEAN OX-TONGUE PIKE OR SPEAR

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Item Code: 766-921

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Staff weapons (or pole arms) were the most common infantry arms well into the 1500s, and lasted not only beyond the advent of firearms, but up to the introduction of the bayonet in the 17th century. This particular blade shape dates from the 15th to mid-16th century, at which point the base began to widen into what was later termed a partisan. At this stage it is still relatively simple with a double edge, slight median ridge, and sloping shoulders. This one is likely Italian or German, though it likely could have been found in the hands of almost any European foot soldier of the time. Known from its shape as a Langdebeve or Langue de boeuf, collectors and students of arms refer to it as an Ox-tongue.

The eight-sided haft measures 64 inches overall and the spearhead 32 inches, 3 ¼ inches at its widest point. The blade is marked on both sides. The markings are a series of punch dots and half-moon, serrated “sickle” stamps that are joined to form two circles near the base of the blade and paired back-to-back with punch dots further along the blade. Between the two designs is a sunken triangle cartouche that, if read toward the point, contains a raised “T” or a cross. The socket is octagonal and fitted to the haft, which is old, if not original to the spearhead, and looks great. The blade itself is very clean, with no nicks or chips, still showing bright and displaying very distinctly the armorer’s marks on the blade. This is a very good example of the armorer’s art.  [sr]

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