A stunning example of a Viking Pinch-Bladed Spearhead, or 'Gar Spear' dating from the 9th - 11th century A.D.
The lentoid-sectioned, pinched blade, 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 pinch-bladed spear, or Gar Spear, is the most commonly found of all Viking spear types, and could be used as either a thrusting spear or thrown at close quarters.
This beautiful iron spearhead is in extremely fine condition and has been hand-framed in a baroque moulding. Outer dimensions c. 60cm x 34cm
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VIKING PINCH-BLADED SPEARHEAD
Acquired by Timeless on the UK Antiquities market, 2019. Formerly part of an old English collection formed in the 1960s