The Prince and the Plunder

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Spear with leaf-shaped head *

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What: Spear given by Secretary of State for India, Sir Stafford Henry Northcote

Where: The British Museum, Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG

The catalogue entry reads:

“Spear made of iron with long wooden handle. The spear head is leaf shaped with a central raised spine on both sides. The spear’s shaft is engraved with a herring-bone design and is bound in part with brass wire. The tip of the handle is bound with a wide, flat band of iron.”

Condition: Some vertical splits to the wooden handle.

Museum number: Af1868,1230.16
Date: 19thC
Height: 227 cm
Acquisition name: Sir Stafford Henry Northcote, 1st Earl of Iddesleigh 
Acquisition date: 1868

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