CLASSIC RICHMOND STYLE CONFEDERATE PIKE WITH “W”/ “M” STAMP

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Item Code: 1030-363

This is the classic Richmond style pike with a double-edged spearpoint blade about 11 ¾ inches long with a median ridge and spear-shaped ricasso, and bears the “W” (or “M”) stamp seen on some pikes also bearing a “Richmond- Va” stamp. Measuring approx. 100 inches overall, the pike has a blade measuring just a tad under 12 inches that is secured on the shaft by a riveted brass ferrule about 1 7/8 inches long with a flat round top forming a perfunctory guard that is typical of Richmond pikes. Extending down the shaft from the ferrule for 18 inches are two iron langets, fastened by screws, to prevent the shaft being cut by a sword stroke.

The pike is in excellent condition. The blade is smooth metal with good edges and point, and shows a mix of light, silver gray and darker bluish-gray areas. Not only is the shaft full length, solid, and without cracks or splits, it also still has its 7 ½ inch iron butt cap, which is often missing.

Pikes were simple and cheap to produce. They were made across the south, but those from Georgia and Richmond are best known. They symbolize the early war rush to arms when weapons of any sort seemed in short supply. For the collector they offer a variety of styles and are an impressive part of collection of Confederate weapons. This is very good example.  [sr]

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