Medieval Arrowhead Collection

Timeless are pleased to offer a superb collection of iron arrowheads spanning the 10th - 15th centuries A.D.

 

From left to right, the collection comprises:

 

 - A stunning socketed broadhead of the 13th - 14th centuries. The arrowhead (a Jessop type H3) has the extended barbs typical of hunting arrowheads of the period. The barbs produced the maximum cutting area for the arrowhead's weight, but also ensured the arrow remained in the target.

 

- An instantly recognisable leaf-bladed arrowhead of the 10th - 11th centuries. It is likely that this type produced the later Jessop MP5, used for both hunting and warfare.

 

- A very large and long-used shouldered arrowhead of the 10th - 16th centuries. This triangular-bladed arrowhead (a Jessop type MP3) was used for both hunting and warfare.

 

- A small, chisel-bladed and tanged arrowhead of the 10th - 12th centuries. Favoured by the Vikings, these arrowheads were used for both hunting and warfare - the tang suggesting it has a continental European origin.

 

- A large D-shaped, or spade-bladed hunting arrow of unknown type. Possibly derived from the 13th century Jessop type MP4.

 

With an excellent provenance, and neutrally double-framed in driftwood, this piece is guaranteed to be the talking point of any room

Provenance

Acquired by Timeless on the UK antiquities market, 2018. Formerly from a private collection of a gentleman, formed between 1965-1975.Acquired by Timeless on the UK antiquities market, 2018. Formerly from a private collection of a gentleman, formed between 1965-1975.

A beautiful example of a thousand-year-old Viking willow-leaf bladed spearhead, also known as a ‘Gar Spear’.

 

The open socket and lack of a ‘ferrule’ (a split along the length of the socket) suggests it was forged in continental Europe rather than Britain, which had a large Viking population at the time. Many of these spearheads come from pagan burials (as grave goods) or as votive offerings, being bent or broken for ritualistic purposes and offered as sacrifices to the Norse gods.

 

The Gar Spear was the most common Scandinavian spear type and could be used either as a hand-held thrusting weapon, or thrown at close quarters.

Provenance

Acquired by Timeless on the UK Antiquities market, 2017. Formerly in the private collection of a London gentleman. Details of the dealer can be provided on request.

Enjoy your artifacts, Claire!

Viking Spearhead

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