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LOT 1340

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Bid History: 3   |   Current bid: £110 (+bp*)

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Bid History: 3   |   Current bid: £110
MEDIEVAL BALTIC SOCKETTED SPEARHEAD
12TH-13TH CENTURY A.D.

A massive iron spearhead with lentoid-section lanceolate blade, medium neck and tapering circular socket with forge-welded split, double hole for attachment pin. 13 3/4 in. (382 grams, 35 cm). Very fine condition, professionally cleaned, conserved and restored. [No Reserve]

PROVENANCE:
Property of a London businessman, from his grandfather's collection formed after World War II; thence by descent 1972.

LITERATURE:
Cf. Sedov, B.B., Finno-Ugri i Balti v Epokhi Srednevekovija, Moscow, 1987, pl.CXXIII, item 11, for similar.

FOOTNOTES:
A lot is known about Lithuanian and Baltic weaponry from the time of their struggle against the Germans and Teutonic Knights; the pagan dead were often cremated along with damaged or ceremonially sacrificed weaponry. If the swords were generally reserved for the military elite, the side axes and spears were the most commonly used weapon by the lower ranking soldiers.