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Spearhead: O.46-1879

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Steel, with a triangular blade with wings, of diamond section with a heavy reinforced point, and a recessed ground at either side of a medial rib at the forte. A steel socket is attached by two flush rivets, and this is plain with a brazed join down one side, a moulded section near the blade and a plain reinforcing ring at the base, decorated with double incised lines. The base of the socket is quite mangled and damaged. 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: 23.5 cm
Blade Width Max: 4 cm
Overall Length: 39 cm
Weight: 378 g

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century#
Circa 1600 CE - 1700 CE

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 46
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Tag

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.46-1879
Primary reference Number: 158354
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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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