677: Spontoon, Revolutionary War, Museum De-Accession S
Spontoon of the American Revolutionary War, officer's style. Constructed of wrought iron with a double edged spear point and and cone shaped socket opening to accept an ash wood haft. Classic in form, this particular style is similar to those found at Revolutionary War sites such as Ticonderoga and identical to several pictured in Rodney Hilton Brown's American Pole Arms 526-1865 and plate 55 in Metropolitan Museum of Art and in George Newmann's Swords and Blades of the American Revolution, Plates 17PA-129PA. Dark patina overall and especially where the haft meets the head, so the likelihood of it being original is great. When the colonists armed their militias at the start of the Revolution, they continued the British tradition of arming their line officers with the 17th century style infantry officer's spontoon. Blacksmith made this simple example is typical of what was produced. Size: O.a.:67 3/4" L Blade: 11 1/2" L Weight: 2lbs Condition: Pitting to blade and expected age checks in the wood.