American blacksmith made in response to the need for arms early in the Revolution when, owing to the shortage of firearms, American infantry were armed with "pikes" of which this is one. 12 3/4" length with elongated diamond form point on opposing short base spurs. Cylindrical band over the copper brazed seam conical socket. Surface with mixed polish and tool finish, as made. With features in common with other surviving examples, illustrated by Neumann and others, this example draws on mid century European stying for the opposing base spikes, incorporated in rudimentary form only, the neck band, based on the European baluster bolster. Its quality is a reminder of the scope of skill levels among iron forgers, most of which worked at the horseshoe level while others made finely forged furnishings and household goods.

Stock Number: U99

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