Object Title

Spontoon

Spontoon

Date

1790-1815

Object Number

VII.2663

Provenance

Old Tower Collections. First registered in Brick Tower Store, Rack 36, 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.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length of head: 311 mm (12.25 in), length overall: 2559 mm (100.75 in), length of crosspiece: 133 mm (5.25 in), length of langets: 222 mm (8.75 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

One langet stamped 'W D' surmounted by a Broad Arrow and a crown surmounting 'L'.Haft near butt stamped with a crown over 'B O' over 'M' over '8'. Also on haft is stamped a crown over '8 H' over 'B'.

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

Ferrule is later than the head. Label attached in B. Clifford's hand 'Bundle 66 Sergeant's spontoon vtype L'