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LOT 1331

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Bid History: 2   |   Current bid: £55 (+bp*)

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Bid History: 2   |   Current bid: £55
LARGE MEDIEVAL SOCKETTED STREAMER SPEARHEAD
14TH-15TH CENTURY A.D.

A large East European foliate spearhead, socketted, with a thick circular ring around the socket, supporting a squared hook for the attachment of a flag or streamer. 13 3/4 in. (485 grams, 34.7 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:
See Nicolle, D., Arms and Armour of the Crusading Era, 1050-1350, vol. II, London, 1999, figs. 103b-103c, for comparable iconography; see the private collection of Mr. Vatev exhibited at the Plovdiv Museum, Bulgaria (inv. STA42773).

FOOTNOTES:
Such spears were used by the Balkan armies from the 14th century onwards, developing from previous models having a longer iron shaft. They were intended for the attachment of small streamers or flags, according to the 14th century Manasse codex.