Object Title

Staff weapon

Staff weapon

Date

1831-1870

Object Number

XXVIL.55

Provenance

Presented by Messrs. Gould and Swayne, 1956.

Physical Description

At the apex of the head is a crescent shaped blade, with a medial ridge, the outer points being turned down to form a loop. This is rivetted to the main stem of the head that is flattened and notched to recieve it. Beneath a plain section of the stem is a moulding, an octagonal section, a multifacetted moulding, a section of baluster form, a further multifacetted section and then the long tapering socket. Connecting the blade to the base of octagonal section, on either side where they are fastened by copper rivets, are brass brackets, shaped like bats at the top becoming like two intertwining ribbons with two pierced medallions in the middle. At the base, these brackets are morticed into the stem. The spear is fitted with a round shaft of stained wood with a brass collar at the base.

Dimensions

Dimensions: length: overall 2563 mm (100.9 in), Head length: 995 mm (39.2 in), The width of the head is 315 mm. Weight: The weight of the spear is 4.6 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks

None

Associations

Places China