Fine form with medially ridged iron head. The base with sharply curved flukes which could engage horse harness or a sword blade in a mounted attack. The tapered point with near razor sharp edges was capable of penetrating a padded tunic or inflicting a cutting injury the effects of which were beyond the capability of medical treatment at the time. This is a weapon of a guard of a noble, or royal person, whose position required protection from attack and assassination. The political climate necessitated that clergy of influence, as well, maintained guard units for protection in public. The base of the head, each side are decorated with foliate motifs which originally were contrasted in gold, punctuating the power of its owner, as gold was far rarer than it is today. 93 1/4” length. Fine display. A weapon of survival in the streets.