RARE 1888 pattern Naval Boarding Pike - British Royal Navy
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DESCRIPTIONA rare find, these simply dont come up for sale.
Correct full length at 7 foot, bearing all the correct arsenal markings: "Broad Arrow" over initials "EFD" and lower down the Royal Cipher "Crown" over the number "75" above the letter "E", lower further is the date '97 (1897)
Also the capital letter "N" which represents Navy - this letter replaced the previously used abbreviations of "WD" for War Department and "BO" for Board of Ordinance.
This particular pike is in good condition, it is not warped as most of these have become over the years. It would clean up very nicely with a little TLC, but we are leaving as found.
Due to the size of this item, unfortunately it doesn't currently qualify for our free UK delivery promotion.
Overseas buyers, please contact for a shipping quote.
Prior to the advent of a rapid firing pistol or rifle the Boarding Pike was used to effectively repel boarders as they were climbing up the side of a wooden hull or swinging into the raised defensive protective netting.
The major differences between a standard infantry spear or cavalry lance is that the boarding pike's total length of about 7' was a bit shorter than its cousins which were typically 9' and longer.
The naval boarding pikes spike or blade itself was also thinner or slimmer than the spear or lance, and did not have any projections and was seamlessly smooth where it was fastened onto wooden shaft or haft. This was necessary so that the blade or spike could work its way through and not get caught up into any of the protective netting, associated rigging, any downed rope or canvas sail.