Object Title

Spontoon

Spontoon

Date

1790-1815

Object Number

VII.2660

Provenance

Presumed Tower arsenal. Found un-numbered in Brick Tower, Bay 36, 27 July 1989; probably previously numbered VII.2069 when found un-numbered in or about September 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 stained brown. Conical iron shoe with two equal langets with one rivet each.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 2737 mm (107 3/4 in), length of head: 310 mm (12 1/4 in), length of crosspiece: 140 mm (5 1/2 in), length of shoe: 120 mm (4 3/4 in), length of langets: 241 mm (9 1/2 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, stamped: 'W & S DAWES'.On langet, stamped: 6 RVB A/2.On haft, above the shoe, stamped: broad arrow over BO.

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

This is probably the same weapons as was earlier numbered VII.2069 (see that entry, under Notes, for further details).