Elegant Chinese spearhead | Mandarin Mansion

Elegant Chinese spearhead

DESCRIPTION
A good Chinese spearhead of the 鎗 or qiang type, with very elegant leaf shaped blade. It is of a simple, straightforward design, rather well executed for this type of weapon.

Blade in good shape, but pitted from age as is usual on these weapons that had no sheaths and were mostly exposed to the elements. The sleeve is well-made and in sound condition. The spear has seen action; there are two sword cuts on one side of the blade.

Overall length: 42.7 cm / 16.8 inch
Blade length: 27.8 cm / 11 inch
Socket inside diameter 26 mm
Socket inside diameter 32 mm
Thickness at base of blade: 9 mm
Max blade width: 41 mm
Thickness at widest part: 7.5 mm
Weight: 410 grams

Spearheads are rather hard to date because they have no unexposed areas from which to date the patina like sword tangs. Also, their design changes over the years are quite subtle with many styles overlapping as well. Based on its style and workmanship, I think it is a Qing military spear that probably dates from the 18th or 19th century.

It could make an impressive display piece or good make a good strength training spear for those that want to get serious about traditional Chinese spearmanship.

An archetypical Chinese spearhead of good, representative size and weight.

€ 350,-

Interested? Questions?
Contact peter@mandarinmansion.com