A British Sergeant’s Regulation Spontoon

£ 1000

Late 18th / Early 19th Century.
Complete with its original long heavy wooden shaft and iron shoe.
Head length 67cm.
Total length approximately 271 cm.

Ref: 23355

The spontoon was carried by a Sergeant in the British Army as a weapon of defense, and a symbol of discipline and authority. The long wooden shaft with a steel spear point was intended for use in protecting the regimental colours (King’s Colour and Regimental Colour) from being attacked and captured. The spontoon was a cross between a pike and a halberd, and was in common use from the mid-17th to early 19th century. As muskets replaced pikes of earlier centuries, the spontoon became a symbol of authority and discipline.