A beautifully preserved Middle Bronze-Age Spearhead with an excellent provenance (previously forming part of the well-known A. Cotton collection), dating from around 1500 B.C.E.
The British Bronze Age produced a number of ‘artefact types’ which are often unearthed by metal detectorists and archaeologists alike. Axes, being extremely robust, are often found, ranging from the early flat axes to the beautifully decorated late Bronze Age socketed axes.
However, the discovery of a Bronze Age Spearhead is always a special moment. These rare artefacts can be surprisingly delicate, with thin blades and small loops that somehow survive over 3500 years of ploughing and soil cultivation.
This lovely example has a small, leaf-shaped, stepped-profile blade and a wide, tapered socket which was holed by the craftsman to receive two securing studs.
Framed in handfinished ash and tulipwood, outer dimensions 39cm x 29cm.
BRONZE AGE SPEARHEAD
Acquired by Timeless in 2018 on the specialist UK antiquities market, formerly forming part of the A. Cotton collection, New Forest, Hampshire. Formed in the 1970s.