The Wallace Collection

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Extendable spear
  • Extendable spear
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • late 16th century
  • Steel
  • Length: 109.2 cm
    Length: 72.3 cm, blade
    Weight: 1.97 kg
  • A1031
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Extendable spear or pike, made entirely of steel to simulate the appearance of a sword in its scabbard, with flattened cylindrical pommel, grip of flat rectangular section, formerly doubtless bound with leather or wire; S-shaped horizontally recurved guard ending in flattened disk-shaped lobes. The end of the "scabbard" is shaped as a chape. On giving the haft a sharp forward jerk a blade of stiff diamond section can be ejected from the pommel, and is held, when fully extended, by a levered spring-catch placed below the quillons where would normally be the scabbard locket. The guards at one time included a knuckle-guard and arms of the hilt, now broken off. The guard has been twisted round at a later date.

    Probably German, late 16th century.

    See also A1330.

    Dondi and Cartesegna, "I buttafuori", in Stuber and Wetter, 1982, pp. 205-22.