A VERY RARE & PIERCED/DECORATIVE COLONIAL AMERICAN/REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD SPONTOON, ca. 1760-1770 (PICTURED IN GEORGE C. NEUMANN’S: “SWORD & BLADES OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION”): In overall fine condition with a 11 1/2″, finely wrought forged, blacksmith made, pierced head of typical Colonial American design with a brazed ringed-type socket, two (2) nail-fastened, 8”, wrought-iron langets; and a finely pierced and sculpted, leaf-form blade/head with a finely pierced and openwork base. Retains choice, smooth steel surfaces with lightly toned gunmetal age-patina, fine edges, sharp contours and some light signs of use and wear. Original?, striped, 59”, hardwood, haft/handle with cleaned wooden surfaces and some minor handling-marks/abrasions. A very rare example of an original Colonial American/Revolutionary War Period Pierced/Decorative Spontoon, ca. 1760-1770. This very example was formerly in the collection of Edmund W. Budde, Jr. and is pictured in G. C. Neumann’s: “Swords & Blades of the American Revolution”, pg. 221, fig. 106-PA. Overall length, 70 ½”.
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