Object Title

Spontoon

Spontoon

Date

1790-1815

Object Number

VII.2654

Provenance

Old Tower Collections. First registered in Brick Tower Store, Rack 36, 1989.

Physical Description

Leaf-shaped blade of flattened lozenge section; short conical neck with screw extension which passes through the crosspiece and into the baluster moulding of the socket; crosspiece composed of two quillons of equal size and circular section with domed terminals; socket with two reinforcing rings and equal langets with three rivets each. Varnished wooden haft of circular section. Conical iron shoe with two equal langets with one rivet each.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length of head: 316 mm (12.45 in), length of shoe: 121 mm (4.75 in), length overall: 2734 mm (107.65 in), length of crosspiece: 140 mm (5.5 in), length of langets: 241 mm (9.5 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

One face of blade near base stamped 'THOs CRAVEN'.Baluster stamped with a crown.Haft near shoe stamped'B O' surmounted by a broad arrow.Haft also stamped 'VIII'.One langet stamped, reading longitudinally, '1', then 'D.I. (or possibly P.I. - unclear in IBE) 4. RVB.'

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

Label attached in B. Clifford's hand: ' Bundle 62 Sergeant's spontoon Type L by Thos CRAVEN' Compare VII.2852 (BC, Nov. 1996).