Object Title

Pike

Pike

Date

1850-1899

Object Number

VII.2560

Provenance

Old Tower Collections. First registered in Brick Tower Store, Rack 48, 1989.

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 into the wood. They thus fit flush with the surface of the wooden haft. Three rivet heads are used to secure each langet.


The wooden haft is of circular section. The butt end is reinforced with a conical metal shoe, secured by means of a pair of rivets set through two small langets.


Variations, losses, damage, etc: Haft painted black overall.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 2191 mm (86.75 in), length of head: 121 mm (4.75 in), length of shoe with langets: 111 mm (4.375 in), length of head with langets: 394 mm (15.5 in)

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

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