The Wallace Collection

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Spontoon
  • Spontoon
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • mid 17th century
  • Steel and ash, engraved, punched
  • Length: 196 cm
    Length: 34.3 cm, head
    Weight: 0.98 kg
  • A1028
  • European Armoury III
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  • Spontoon, with a leaf-shaped blade with central ridge, engraved and punched with the arms of France on a circular escutcheon, surmounted by a crown, surrounded by palm branches, and filled in with foliage to about half the height of the blade. Socket partly round, partly octagonal, the different sections, which are engraved like the blade, are separated by rounded mouldings; the socket is pierced near the bottom for a bar or lug. Two long, steel langets or straps down the staff. Staff of ash; no ferrule.

    French, mid-17th century.

    A similar spontoon is in the Royal Armouries.