Object Title

Spear head

Spear head


8th-9th century

Object Number



Apparently found unnumbered in store; first accessioned (under no. Q.1 or Q1) about 1980 (certainly before opening of old Tower Medieval Gallery).

Physical Description

Heavily corroded iron head, the leaf-shapd blade of flattened diamond section, now curved out of true by heat or burial. The gracefully tapered iron socket is rusted through at about its nid-point, the base having vestigial lugs greatly reduced by corrosion. The socket is filled with burial concretion.


Dimensions: Overall length: 470 mm (18.05 in), max. width of blade: 48 mm (1.9 in)


Places Europe

Bibliographic References

Dorling Kindersley, Weapon. A visual history of arms & armour, Dorling Kindersley Ltd, London, 2006, p. 55 (col. illus., top centre).


Formerly Inv. No. Q.1 or Q1. When on display in the old Tower Medieval Gallery (about 1980-1995) it was labelled 'possibly Carolingian, about 9th century'.