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Old 18th April 2010, 03:24 PM   #1
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Default An old 'wicked' spear head

Another spear question, this spear is wickedly barbed and 'cringe' at the thought of the poor victim whom has to have this removed .

Seems quite old, the dark stable rust layer seems to suggest 19th C I have no idea as to origin......but wondered whether this is possibly a piece from around the time of the Mahdi uprising. Extremely barbed spears were reported as being used against the British ...causing terrible wounds.

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Old 18th April 2010, 05:39 PM   #2
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Hi David,

this kind of spears was also used for fishing
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Old 18th April 2010, 06:46 PM   #3
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Hi Martin,
thanks for the reply . I had considered this as a possible fishing spear, but the size and decoration seems to suggest otherwise. Its OAL is 39cms ( approx. 15 inches). I have a fishing spearhead used for Nile perch (which can grow to 2m in length ) which is smaller, only a few barbs and is undecorated. I also considered it might be a 'croc' hunting spear but again usually they have few, if any, barbs and are rarely decorated.

The other consideration is that a barbed fishing spearhead would have to be firmly attached to the shaft. Otherwise the head could detach from the shaft .....losing the head .....and a fish. Many socketted fishing spears often have a hole to nail or rivet the head onto the shaft.

I am not saying your suggestion is wrong, but I think its quite possible, that its function is more to greviously wound humans, than to catch fish.

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