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Spearhead: O.45-1879

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Small straight steel double edged leaf shaped blade of almost flat section, two rough incised lines suggesting the medial ridge. At the base of the blade are two slight wings. The blade is brazed to a separate socket, which has a brazed seam down one side, a dentated lower edge, and two small reinforcing rings, the upper decorated with diagonal incised lines, the lower a slightly cog-like ring which helps secure the socket to a fragment of the original bamboo haft.


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: 11 cm
Blade Width Max: 3.4 cm
Overall Length: 31 cm
Socket Length: 11.6 cm
Weight: 116 g

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century#
Circa 1600 CE - 1700 CE


Compare the cog-like reinforces of 47.1879 and 49.1879, clearly from the same workshop.

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 45
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Tag

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.45-1879
Primary reference Number: 158353
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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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