Bohemian Ear-Spoon, Polearm, 16th C
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Known in the Germanic countries as a knebelspiess, this unique and scarce lugged spear is sometimes referred to as a Bohemian Ear-Spoon (see Stones Glossary, Fig. 159). The size and heavy construction shows it to be a serious military weapon instead of a hunting spear. The type originated in the early 15th Century, but this example probably dates to the first half of the 16th C. Broad 13" spear point with thick medial ridge, stamped with a makers mark (half moon over star). Broad side lugs curved away from the point for use against cavalry to hamstring a horse or grab the reins. Lugs would also be effective against armour if swung sideways. Head moderately pitted with the spear point slightly mangled (probably from battle damage), and repaired. Shows forging lamination. Remounted in the 19th C on octagonal shaft with side straps and remnants of maroon tassel. Length of metal parts 34", overall length 90". Scarce early fighting spear.
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- Militaria & Weapons
- 16th C
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