Artifact of the Day

2870.1

“Ahlspiess” (Awl-pike)

Austria (in form) (early 1400s)

Steel. Very long, quadrangular-section thrusting spike, at base of which is restored circular, thin rondel. Strong, integral closed conical socket plugged onto short wooden shaft of irregularly circular section. At base of head, shaft is carved with upper-case letter "H" or "I" on one face.