Object Title

Spontoon

Spontoon

Date

1790-1815

Object Number

VII.2940

Provenance

Presumably Old Tower Collections. First registered under this number (see Notes below), and cat. by PJL and CG, on return from loan to Dover Casltle, Loan L7, 02/11/1989.

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.


Of generally slender construction. Crosspiece shortened.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 2672 mm (105 3/16 in), length of blade: 279 mm (11 in), length of langets: 216 mm (8 1/2 in), length of neck and socket: 152 mm (6 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

On one face of blade: K[I]NG / DU[B]LINOn one shoulder: \INOn haft, incised: X.

Associations

Notes

This spontoon was originally numbered VII.1305 while on loan to Dover Castle. It was subsequently renumbered VII.1334 while still on loan and then VII.2940 on return from loan.