A VERY FINE RARE COLONIAL AMERICAN PERIOD SPONTOON w/ ORIGINAL HAFT & IRON, ca. 1720: In overall very fine and complete condition with an 10 1/2″, finely wrought forged, American blacksmith made, double-edge, diamond-type blade of fine quality Colonial American design with two (2) outward pointing, integrally forged quillons/“ears” and a brazed, collar-type, 3”, nail-fastened socket. Retains choice, smooth steel surfaces with lightly toned, gunmetal gray age-patina, fine and sharp cutting edges; and only some light signs of use and wear. Complete with its original, 68”, black-painted, hardwood, haft/handle with choice, richly patinated and oxidized, smooth wooden surfaces with some expected minor handling-marks/abrasions. The base of the haft with its original, wrought forged, “witch’s hat” type grounding-iron of classic Colonial American form. (Please see G. Neumann’s: “Swords & Blades…”, pg. 192, fig. 2V) A rare example of an original and complete Colonial American Period Decoratively accented Spontoon, ca. 1720. In a very fine state of perseveration for a nearly 300 year old American Polearm. ***Pictured in Rodney H. Brown’s: “American Polearms 1526-1865”, pg. 42 Plate 44C. Also, formerly in the collection of noted Collector Mort Stern; and a similar example from his collection, is pictured in G. C. Neumann’s: “Swords & Blades of the American Revolution”, pg. 216. Overall length, approx. 75”.
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