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Carl Kern




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PostPosted: Sat 22 Apr, 2017 12:15 pm    Post subject: Trying to identify the origin of a spear head.         Reply with quote

I purchased this spear head at an estate auction. No paperwork was included with this spear head, but they stated that it was Persian and from around 600 A.D. Does anyone have any info that would help to verify or negate this information?


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Hadrian Coffin
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PostPosted: Sat 22 Apr, 2017 12:44 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hello,

Without any provenance it is difficult to get great specificity --the spearhead is of a broad type that is relatively common on the market.. they are generally referred to as Luristan Bronze spears.. Persian isn't a far off description. Essentially they mean near eastern.

The date is wrong, very wrong, and I presume comes from a mistake. The spearhead you have is roughly 1200-600 BC.
The patina looks good, because of its imperfect application, but this is difficult to determine from pictures alone.

Perhaps someone else will know the exact type with greater specificity. In any case, they are not particularly valuable, worth perhaps a hundred pounds/ a couple hundred dollars.

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Hadrian

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Mark Moore




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PostPosted: Sat 22 Apr, 2017 12:47 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It *appears* to be bronze....."Calling Dan Howard....Calling Dan Howard!!!...." Betcha he can tell you! Wink ....McM
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Mark Moore




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PostPosted: Sat 22 Apr, 2017 1:40 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Sorry, Hadrian....No disrespect intended. Blush I just always think of Dan when bronze comes on the scene. Happy Add I'm a slow typist. Laughing Out Loud ........McM
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Carl Kern




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PostPosted: Sat 22 Apr, 2017 2:23 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you. This is a good start. I'm a novice collector, so any information is appreciated. It's very fascinating to me and I appreciate the information.
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Hadrian Coffin
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PostPosted: Sat 22 Apr, 2017 3:11 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

For reference:

http://antiquities.co.uk/luristan-bronze-spear-head.html

http://www.artemisgallerylive.com/Huge-Irania...Blade.html

http://www.antiques.com/classified/Antiquitie...t-Luristan

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Hadrian

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