Arms & Armor

  • Shot Sprue

    This conically-shaped cast iron object is a by-product known as sprue — a casting jet from the production of iron shot or cannonballs. Twenty of these […]

  • Roman Lock Pistol

    This pistol with a brass barrel, iron lockplate, and wooden fishtail stock was still loaded with two lead pistol shot when it was found by archaeologists […]

  • Pike

    Pike, iron, wood, England (4018-JR) The pike is a polearm with a small bladed head. The 16– to 18-foot pike was the most effective defense against […]

    • Date

       December 15, 2014

    • Client

       Bly Straube, Senior Archaeological Curator, 2014

    • Task

       Study Collection

    • Category

       Arms & Armor, Iron, Second Well

  • Halberd

    Halberd, iron, wood, and copper alloy, England, (JR2158AB, W31) Unlike the bill which required no special training for its effective use, the halberd had a slender […]

  • Close Burgonet Helmet

    Introduced in the early 16th century, the close burgonet helmet was designed to provide full face protection while at the same time evoking classical military authority. […]

  • Caltrop

    Caltrop, iron, England, (5858-JR) No matter how a caltrop is thrown, it always lands with a spike in the air. In Europe, caltrops were used to […]

  • Buckler Boss

    Buckler Boss, iron, 16th century, England or Wales (907-JR) A buckler is a small leather hand-held shield with a spiked central iron element called a boss. […]

  • Breastplate

    This breastplate was found in a well that was filled in by 1625 and is of the peascod shape typical in the early 17th century. In […]