Object Title

Pike

Pike

Date

1871-1899

Object Number

VII.3532

Provenance

First registered on return from loan to Deal Castle (English Heritage, ref. no. 81000055) (Loan L10), 09/01/1992.

Physical Description

General Type Description: Spear point head of triangular section, with straight sides tapering to a sharpened tip. It is formed of steel in one piece, with a conical socket and langets.
The two langets are short rectangular metal strips which extend from the rim of the socket, and are recessed so as to fit flush with the surface of the wooden haft. Each langet is secured by three screws which pass through the haft (two from one side and one from the other) and are riveted flush at the opposite end.
The wooden haft is of circular section. The butt end is reinforced with a fulcrum shaped metal shoe with short langets, and with the butt of the haft protuding through the narrower end; it is secured by means of a screw passing through the langets and the haft and riveted flush at the opposite end.
Variations, losses, damage, etc: There is a scar from a display bracket about two thirds of the way up the haft.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 2315 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

On head:5On one langet, near top: 'N'.5On same langet, near top: broad arrow over 'WD'; crown over '9' over 'E'; ''92'.On shoe: broad arrow over 'WD'; crown over '9' over 'E'.On haft:5By shoe, one side: crown over '80' over 'E'.5By shoe, other side: crown over '12' over 'M'; '8?' or '&'.

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

For British boarding pikes generally, see W. Gilkerson, 'Boarders Away', Lincoln, U.S.A., 1991, pp.58-9 (no ill.)