Overall: 25 5/8 x 4 5/8 x 1 3/8 in. ( 65.1 x 11.7 x 3.5 cm )
stamped: near center on reverse(?) side: "U. S."
Boarding pike with straight, triangular steel blade welded to cast iron hilt with cross quillons and hollow conical grip pierced with two holes at the end.
Boarding pikes were used as weapons aboard warships from the 16th into the 20th century. They were used offensively, in boarding an enemy ship, and also to repel invaders. According to the donor, this one of the pikes ordered by John Brown for his 1859 raid on the Federal Arsenal at Harpers Ferry.
Gift of Charles McCauley
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