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Old 4th January 2015, 06:33 PM   #1
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some time ago I picked up this spear point at a flea market. My first thoughts were Indo-Persian. Don't know why but the general shape reminded me of that region. But after a visit to the new weapons room at the Rijksmuseum I started to doubt this attribution. So I wondered if someone here could help me out determining where this spear originates, and from what period it dates.
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Old 4th January 2015, 08:24 PM   #2
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Very nice piece with great patina. My guess is that it is an 18th century spontoon head, although which European nation is anyone's guess. I see why you thought Indo-Persian with the general shape, but I still suspect that its Western- Note the lack of langets, which one saw on linstocks, halberds, and some spontoons. As the spontoon was typically used either as a symbolic weapon (commanders sometimes used them to direct troops- a giant 'pointer', if you will) or by soldiers in camp (think of the Swiss Guard), many of them didn't have the langets that other pole arm weapons did.
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