Overall: 25 5/8 x 4 5/8 x 1 3/8 in. ( 65.1 x 11.7 x 3.5 cm )
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.
Gift of Charles McCauley
stamped: near center on reverse(?) side: "U. S."
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.