Object Title

Pike

Pike

Date

1500-1530

Object Number

VII.1767

Provenance

Transferred from the Rotunda Museum of Artillery, Woolwich 1979. Stated in the Rotunda catalogues to be from Rhodes, and if so presumably acquired with other Rhodes material by by Sir J Lefroy in 1867.

Physical Description

Small blunt-ended head, shaped like an oval leaf. Attached to the haft by a socket and two langets.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 1829 mm (72 in), total length of spear-head and socket: 89 mm (3.5 in), length of spear-head: 38 mm (1.5 in), width of spear-head: 25.4 mm (1 in), length of langets: 127 mm (5 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

On haft, stamped: MA 1681 (Museum of Artillery inventory number.

Associations

Bibliographic References

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, Woolwich, London, 1873: 120, MA 1681.

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, Woolwich, London, 1889: 128, no. 12/132.

J P Kaestlin, Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery, London, 1963: 45, no. 12/112.

Notes

Date of manufacture inferred by Rotunda Catalogue provenance is pre 1522. Similarly shaped pike heads with short langets illustrated in Maximillian I Zaughaus Book