Ancient Central / Northern Europe, Celtic Iron Age, ca. 5th to 1st century BCE. An iron spear head with a long blade and a tubular socket for mounting on a pole. The socket narrows to the shoulders, and the lengthy blade tapers to a point with a midrib running down the center. Although iron required great skill and intense heat to forge, iron became the metal of choice because of its strength and durability for utilitarian tools and weapons. The Celtic people developed superior ways of forging iron and the spread of iron work throughout Europe was largely due to the expansion of Celtic culture. An iron spearhead such as this piece would have been highly valued for its strength and long reach. A deadly weapon that could easily puncture an opponent's armor! Size: 21.875" L x 2.1" W (55.6 cm x 5.3 cm)
Provenance: ex-Estate of Eldert Bontekoe, Pegasi Numismatics, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA acquired before 2000
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Nicks, chips and losses to peripheries commensurate with age. Surface pitting and heavy patina with mineral deposits.