Spear

Blade remade from a sheep shears stamped with a Sheffield manufacturer's mark. Made in the 1850s or 1860s, indicating a shortage of locally-smelted iron.

Object Summary

Museum Number E670
Simple Name spear
Full Name spear
Common Name spear
Production country South Africa
Material wood; sinew
Collection class Arms and armour
Collection continent Africa
Collection area/region S
Production town Ngqika
Production county Eastern Cape province
Production continent Africa
Production year high 1878
Cultural group Gaika
Function name weapon
Function detail Ethnography register: “Made by Gaikas. Surrendered to Mr Commissioner Percy Nightingale personally by the Gaikas of Oba’s Tribe.” records: “made from sheep shears.”