Example well predating the Revolution, though likely serving in that war. 13 1/4" length with central leaf shaped spear point on heavy conical socket. Forged on recurved cross bar with double pointer terminals. The form is founded in the 17th century which allowing for colonial acclimation, dates it to about 1700 at which time the major threat was Indian raids. In the European tradition, many homes kept a pole arm of man height next to the door for immediate access in the event of an unwanted intruder. This example, blacksmith made, perhaps even forged by its owner, was such a weapon. Owing to their very simple form which lends itself to reuse as an agricultural tool, very few examples survive. This one, lacking its haft, extraordinarily, retains its original separate mounting spike.