The ranseur evolved in the Gothic period along with full armor encasement and represents one variation of the pole arms intended to provide the foot soldier with the ability to breach the armor or unhorse a mounted knight. This example was made about the turn of the first quarter of the 16th century and distinguished by its particularly long spear point with medial ridge which transitions into the faceted socket. Two further example from the Metropolitan Museum of Art dating within a very few years to this, are illustrated in Stones arms encyclopedia, plate 677, #1 & #3. Length overall: 117"

Stock Number: 95-90(GC.A.125)

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