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« on: March 09, 2019, 07:17:59 am »

I've seen a bunch of socketed spear (?) heads, but always with a round socket, and never with a square socket. Does a square socket signify anything as far as being able to date such an artifact? In other words, were sockets round up to a certain point in time, and then square sockets began to be used?


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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2019, 08:51:15 am »

The problem is that the spear was such a common item from furthest antiquity until the 19th century that there are no hard and fast rules unless you already know the general culture and date range.

Do you have more info - full length photo, dimensions, etc.?

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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2019, 10:15:10 am »

The problem is that the spear was such a common item from furthest antiquity until the 19th century that there are no hard and fast rules unless you already know the general culture and date range.

Do you have more info - full length photo, dimensions, etc.?

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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2019, 08:11:57 am »

I have seen square sockets on very late (18th-19th century) cavalry lances.  But this is clearly much older.

No real idea I am afraid.  I think blade shape will be a better indicator of age.

Still waiting for the ideal spearhead reference.....

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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2019, 10:12:30 am »

Okay, thanks for giving it a look!
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