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Daniel Wallace




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PostPosted: Tue 28 Mar, 2017 7:58 am    Post subject: Anglo saxon spear head         Reply with quote

Hi guys, in this coming summer, I've got an opportunity to make a spear head during a blacksmith class. I really like pattern welding but not skilled enough to attempt it just yet.

I'm looking for other images and some simple stat information on this style of Anglo Saxon spear head. I know the early versions of this style would have a corrugated rib in the middle of it but my personal design for this spear head would be either to fuller the center or leave it pretty flat to add copper inlay work which I like to do.

overall I like it's simple shape, don't think it will be too hard to forge out - but images of them seem to be hit and miss because I don't know how to identity them.



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Danny Grigg





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PostPosted: Fri 05 May, 2017 6:25 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

There's information about this actual spearhead here:

https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts/record/id/223955

The above website states this is a Type H3 Spearhead according to Swanton's typology.

If possible you should track down the following book:

The Spearheads of the Anglo-Saxon Settlements
by M. J. Swanton
http://myArmoury.com/books/item.0903986019.html

Chapters:

1. Introduction
2. Germanic Spear-types prior to the settlement
3. Derivative Forms: Series A and B
4. Leaf-shaped Blades: Series C and D
5. Angular Blades: Series E to H
6. Corrugated Blades: Series I to L
7. Summary
8. Register of associated examples

The book provides a typology of spearheads with line illustrations and maps of distribution finds plus detailed descriptions of each type.

There's some information about Swanton's typology at this website:
http://www.angelcynnreenactmentsociety.org.uk...ons-armour

Here's a better picture of the actual spearhead you posted:
https://surreymedieval.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/photo-2.jpg

There's some more information about this actual spearhead here:
https://surreymedieval.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/godalming-and-ingas-name-formations.pdf
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