online Militaria dealer - Antique-Militaria [UK]
magnify icon Search militaria Medals - Arms - Militaria
Home icon Antique Militaria Home Cart icon Cart Checkout icon Checkout about us icon About us for the SEs and the curious Site map Telephone icon Contact us People shaking hands icon Customer comments | Help
Title Officer's spontoon
Nationality English
Period c 1760

This weapon was carried as a mark of rank by junior infantry officers throughout the middle and later years of the 18th century, ceasing in the 1780s after the English experience in the American wars, when it was realised how impractical they were in the field. Its overall length is just over 7'.

There are iron straps on the ash shaft to protect the tip of the weapon from sword cuts or bayonet thrusts. From the tip of the blade to the base of the straps is 26.5" long. The straps are held by a series of five rivets, which have been polished flush with the surface of the straps. The blade unscrews for ease and convenience of transport and there is some lettering on one of the straps, very faint, but it seems to be 'PP ET R'. The ironwork has been carefully cleaned by hand and there is some patination remaining rather more on one side of the straps than on the other.

There is some slight distortion of the shaft through age, but miraculously there is no woodworm. There is a small split at the base on one side and some minor bruising in this area.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Edged Weapons : Polearms : English : 18th Century]


I receive[d] the parcel today and am very happy with the swords.

Many thanks again and look forward to doing business with you again,

A M, UK, 22.10.2012

Just a quick line to advise that the badges have arrived in good condition and I am very pleased with them.

Thanks again for your prompt and kind attention.

P M, Australia, 03.10.2012