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Shakespeare Connected - Marking Time in Shakespeare’s England

SPEARHEAD

This is a dated object of a very different kind. Although on first glance it appears to be a weapon, this spearhead, elaborately decorated with a soldier carrying a pike, was in fact more likely to be used in a ceremony than on the battlefield. Indeed, the filigree decoration alongside the inscribed date 1589 suggests it wasn’t intended to be functional but was instead paraded through the streets on a day of civic celebration or military victory.

 

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