A fantastic collection of Medieval Bodkin Points, dating from the 11th to 15th centuries A.D.


There were many different types of bodkin point, but all were designed to penetrate leather and iron armour. It is often said that Western European bodkin points were first developed to penetrate Roman chainmail (lorica hamata), however, the Celts occupying what is now Spain and Belgium certainly wore chainmail prior to Roman expansion (in fact, it is likely that the Romans copied chainmail from the Celts), and it is therefore also likely that they used bodkin points.


These particular points are needle bodkins and, at short distances, were capable of penetrating the steel plate armour of the medieval knight.


The development of firearms used in warfare in the sixteenth century spelt the end plate armour, and the bodkin point was abandoned soon after.


Framed in a beautiful driftwood, the frame measures c. 45 x 30 cm.


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SKU: 1832-2
  • Acquired by Timeless on the UK Antiquities market, 2018. Formerly in a private collection formed between 1965 -1985.

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