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Alex D Aspinall




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PostPosted: Sun 19 May, 2019 9:21 pm    Post subject: Old Arrowhead/Bolt or spear head ?         Reply with quote

Hello folks.

My name is Alex, im from the UK.

Im wondering if anyone can help with regards an object found in Serbia by a metal detector enthusiast.

I usually collect antique Japanese swords and fittings but lately ive branched off a little into European weapons and relics.

Best I can come up with is maybe a medieval hunting bolt, although it has been suggested this could be part of a broken spearhead.

Any help appreciated.

Best, Alex



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Dan D'Silva





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PostPosted: Mon 20 May, 2019 1:51 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Maybe there's something I don't know about, but that point doesn't look to me like it was made to pierce anything. I'd guess it's a decorative finial.
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PostPosted: Mon 20 May, 2019 6:53 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Dan D'Silva wrote:
Maybe there's something I don't know about, but that point doesn't look to me like it was made to pierce anything. I'd guess it's a decorative finial.
Good one. It doesn't look like a weapon and I was racking my brain trying to work out what it could be.
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Alex D Aspinall




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PostPosted: Mon 20 May, 2019 7:31 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies appreciated.

I can find a few arrowheads in the book "European Arrowheads and crossbow bolts", with a double point. Not exactly like the image of the one I presented, but suppose you could say that they are in the ball park. Listed as Viking, found around Northern, central and eastern Europe.

That's the tip, I cant find any with barbs.

Had a few more suggestions from other folk that have seen it.

Part of a ceremonial staff ?

A spear, smaller than it used to be due to rust, with barbs. ?

Whatever it is, its not straight forward Happy

Cheers
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Dan D'Silva





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PostPosted: Wed 22 May, 2019 3:23 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Well, I suppose it's not possible to be sure when judging solely from a profile photo, but to me this object looks thick and bulbous at the points. I know there are double-pointed arrowheads made for cutting. However, in this case I think such a thing, even if the points were originally sharper, would neither cut effectively nor pierce deeply. The first thing that comes to my mind when looking at it is the top of an iron fence.
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PostPosted: Wed 22 May, 2019 5:05 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

My initial thought was a barbed arrowhead used for fishing, but the double point left me stumped also. But, after thinking about it for a while, the double point might actually work quite well on fish with large scales---if the inside of the 'v' was well sharpened.
The decorative finial is more plausible though. Wink ...............McM

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PostPosted: Wed 22 May, 2019 5:30 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I was going to suggest a tent or flag pole finial, but looking at the scale, a fence finial would indeed seem more likely.
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Alex D Aspinall




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PostPosted: Wed 22 May, 2019 7:36 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks folks.

I have doubts about it, especially now that I find out its hollow where the yellow pointer is.

Live and learn

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