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Old 16th March 2020, 02:23 AM   #1
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Hey folks. Asking for a friend. Anyone recognize this spear and have a possible origin and time frame?
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Old 16th March 2020, 03:03 AM   #2
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Here are a couple more photos that might be helpful.
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Hi David, I am no expert but to me it looks Chinese.

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I think it may be Chinese also David.
That looks like a Native American basket it is poised upon.
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Old 16th March 2020, 04:05 AM   #5
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Thanks so far guys. Any ideas about age?
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Old 16th March 2020, 04:05 AM   #6
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Hello David.

This is undoubtedly a Chinese spear. I like.
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Thanks so far guys. Any ideas about age?


You tell me.
http://vikingsword.com/vb/showthrea...+cannon+chinese

Any provenance from the owner?
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Any provenance from the owner?

Nope, just something he can across in an antique shop.
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Old 16th March 2020, 10:18 AM   #9
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The faceted piece between head and socket is very indicative of a Chinese origin. As for age, Chinese militias were carrying them in WW2, but most stuff like this left China as souvenirs after the "Boxer Rebellion".
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It's a Chinese spearhead. Likely Ming period (1368-1644).
The form is typical for this period, but they were also manufactured later on in the same style. Yours looks old enough for late Ming IMHO.

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It's a Chinese spearhead. Likely Ming period (1368-1644).
The form is typical for this period, but they were also manufactured later on in the same style. Yours looks old enough for late Ming IMHO.

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I agree, Peter, with the continuity of style over two dynasties. Re appearance of age, it would depend to a large extent on where it's been all these years. As our experience with Western edged weapons go, dagger that has been preserved for centuries in an aristocrat's armory will look a lot "newer" than a bayonet that has been buried in a field or been rusting away in a barn since the Franco-Prussian War.
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Thanks for adding your opinions Peter and and Philip. My friend should be very pleased to hear your thoughts.
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