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Dagger: U.S.

Dagger: U.S.
Dagger: U.S.
Title
Dagger: U.S.
Date 
1850-1860
Medium 
Steel, iron
Dimensions 
Overall: 25 5/8 x 4 5/8 x 1 3/8 in. ( 65.1 x 11.7 x 3.5 cm )
Description 
Boarding pike with straight, triangular steel blade welded to cast iron hilt with cross quillons and hollow conical grip pierced with two holes at the end.
Credit Line 
Gift of Charles McCauley
Object Number 
1922.129
Marks 
stamped: near center on reverse(?) side: "U. S."
Gallery Label 
Boarding pikes were used as weapons aboard warships from the 16th into the 20th century. They were used offensively, in boarding an enemy ship, and also to repel invaders. According to the accession records, this one was received with a tag attached identifying it as "pike used by John Brown of Harper's Ferry." However, this association appears unlikely.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group