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Spearhead: O.39-1879

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Steel, with a very small waisted leaf-shaped blade almost flat with a slight medial ridge at either side. It is made in one with a short socket, which is plain with a weld down one side and a small hole at the blade end. The steel is pitted where is has been heavily corroded then polished bright


History note: Probably from the Tanjore armoury, broken up in 1860 (see documentation Elgood 2004)

Legal notes

Given by Robert Taylor, MA

Measurements and weight

Blade Length: 12 cm
Blade Width Max: 5.2 cm
Overall Length: 20.8 cm
Weight: 90 g

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1879) by Taylor, Robert, MA


17th Century#
Circa 1600 CE - 1700 CE


The simple construction, a long triangle cut with notches at either side of the centre, and the wide end wrapped round a core and welded closed, is visible on this blade

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 39
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Tag

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.39-1879
Primary reference Number: 158347
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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