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LOT 0020

Sold for (Inc. bp): £1,815

1500-1100 BC
16" (339 grams, 41cm).

A complete and very large basal-looped spearhead with long leaf-shaped blade, keeled midrib extending to the tubular socket; the blade bevelled to the edge, the rear extending to two lozenge plates flanking the shaft forming the loops. [No Reserve]

Ex Sir Richard Ground (1949-2014) Collection, Derbyshire, UK; acquired Hermann Historica, sale 60, lot 2068, 13 October 2010 (hammer price €3,400).

See Evans, J. The Ancient Bronze Implements, Weapons and Ornaments of Great Britain and Ireland, London, 1881, item 408; Davis, R. Basal-Looped Spearheads, BAR International Series 1497, Oxford. 2006.

Sir Richard Ground notes that the spearhead ''displays cuts and dents which appear to represent ancient combat damage, particularly around the base of the blade.' Each piece from the collection is accompanied by Sir Richard's personal illustrated catalogue sheets which describe the piece fully, give details and circumstances of his acquisition, academic references and general notes.

The eminent lawyer Sir Richard Ground, OBE (1949 - 2014), a graduate of Lincoln College Oxford, was called to the bar at Gray's Inn in 1975. After a period spent specialising in media law, he was, in 1983, appointed Crown Counsel in the Cayman Islands, a position which he held until 1987 when he assumed the role of Attorney General. He served as Chief Justice of the Turks and Caicos Islands from 1998 to 2004, and then as Chief Justice of Bermuda until his retirement in 2012. Highly regarded in legal circles for his decisiveness and impeccable integrity, he was awarded the OBE in 1991 in recognition of his services to the Cayman Islands, and was made a Knight Bachelor in 2012 for services to justice in Bermuda. He had a passion for the natural world and worked alongside his wife, fellow lawyer Lady Ground, to found the National Trust for the Cayman Islands, as well as publishing several volumes of wildlife photography.

Sir Richard was a keen and knowledgable collector of both coins and ancient weaponry. His collection of Roman, Byzantine, English, and European coins fetched exceptional prices when sold by Spink in September 2014. It is with pride that we are able to offer his collection of Bronze Age weaponry for auction.