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Spear butt spike: O.55-1879

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Small square section spike with recessed faces, attached by a moulded knop to a small socket with a braze line down one side, a reinforce at the end decorated with double incised lines and a series of file cut nicks at the end, and decorated with spirals in double incised lines bordered with double incised lines at either end. A fragment of the original wooden haft survives. The surface is polished bright, with some pitting from its earlier corrosion, and some staining


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: 8.2 cm
Overall Length: 19.5 cm
Socket Length: 8 cm
Weight: 126 g

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century#
Circa 1600 CE - 1700 CE


Decoration matches the small spearhead O.44.1879; they may be parts of the same spear.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 55
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Tag

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.55-1879
Primary reference Number: 158365
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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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