18th CENTURY ARMOR PIERCING SPEARHEAD

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The double-edged spear-point blade of this spear or pike head has a thick central body with hexagonal cross-section until shortly before the point, where it narrows to a four-sided blade with diamond cross-section. The beefy-ness of the blade and tip makes it efficient at punching through certain types of armor.

The socket is tubular, with a flared collar at bottom and integral ring at top. It is forged to extend in two flanges over either side of the base of the blade and clasp it, with a rivet through flanges and blade to secure it. The base of the blade flares out slightly about level with the end of the flange, and then narrows to its width at about a 45-degree angle, with the back edges scalloped on either side with two semicircular cuts that are given small points on the blade edge, and the edge slightly rounded between.

The two-piece construction might be a weak point in the design, but our feeling is that it dates to the early 18th Century, when pole-arms were still carried in the field and were weapons, but were transitioning into badges of rank: spontoons carried by officers, partizans and halberd carried by sergeants, etc. The long, relatively straight double-edged blade is especially reminiscent of later officer’s spontoons, many versions of which are forged to suggest the overlapped flanges of the base, which are actual here. The decorative treatment of the back edge of the blade would support that identification.

The metal is generally smooth with light, very shallow pitting, light gray in color with some scattered dark gray spots and some brown coming up, but no nicks to the edges, delamination or deep pitting. A very small bit of the extreme tip is missing (maybe 1/32 inch) and there is a narrow dent near the base ring of the socket, otherwise this in in excellent condition.  [sr]

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