400-100 BC, La Tene period, the period of the Roman battles in which the Celts were victorious. 13 3/8” length. Finely forged with medially ridged leaf shaped point. The ridge tapering back into the socket. Socket base with two holes for securing pins. One pin intact. Both holes with chiseled star burst surround, on indication of superior quality and an important owner. The surface rusted from burial but not pitted and showing a laminar or scales surface typical of recovery from human burials where leather garments and other burial items produce interactive oxidation patterns. Superior quality and size and finely preserved.