Distinctive American form with diamond section leaf shaped point and integral short side straps, based on the standard 1797 pattern US boarding pike. This example with cast bronze or brass head, indicating that it was made for private use on a merchantman. 77 1/4” length on its original wood haft which has been broken with a long splintered section to the base. The head with fine patina. The leaf shaped head is specific to American examples and was superseded by elongated diamond section examples after the War of 1812. The use of brass is unusual for pikes but generally favored for use at sea including gun barrels. Boarding pikes were used both as weapons to repel boarders, as well as to push away an invading vessel which would attach using grappling hooks. Rare early example.
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