Object Title

Pike

Pike

Date

1831-1870

Object Number

VII.1796

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. Two 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.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 2629 mm (8 ft 7.5 in), length of head: 133 mm (5.25 in), length of langets: 197 mm (7.75 in), length of head overall: 400 mm (15.75 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

Head: Broad arrow mark.

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

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