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General Type Description: Spear point head of quadrangular 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, painted black, secured by means of three screws through each of two small langets.


Dimensions: Overall length: 97 in (2464 mm), Length of head: 5.125 in. (130 mm) , Length of head o/a: 23.375 in. 594 mm), Length of langets: 16.625 in (422 mm), Length of shoe o/a: 10.9 in (277 mm), Length of shoe langets: 8.625 in (220 mm) Blade Length- 132 mm Head Length- 59 mm


Places Britain


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