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PIKE
[Armament Tools and Equipment, Edged]


missing
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Accession Number: 1881.75.1

Physical Description: 9 7/16" long, lance-shaped, double-edged blade with elongated oval guard. Tang of blade is inserted in end of a 71" long ash pole and secured with a ferrule with a single cross-screw.

History of Object: Pike is one of 950 made by Charles Blair, forgemaster of Collins Company for John Brown. Brown had intended to arm Negro slaves with these pikes and lead them in an uprising against Southern slave owners. After Brown's capture at Harper's Ferry, the pikes were found in a nearby farmhouse in Maryland and confiscated. Note that correspondence during 1857 and 1858 between Brown and Charles Blair regarding the manufacture of these pikes is in the John Brown Paper in the Manuscript Dept. of KSHS. This pike was purchased by KSHS for $15.00.

Date: Between 1858 and 1859

Dimensions (in cm): 205.50 (H) 11.80 (W) 4.20 (D)

Marks/Inscriptions: [stamped into ferrule] 630 // [stamped into guard] 630 //

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Associations and Subjects

    Origin, Place of: Connecticut
    Use, Place of: Harpers Ferry (W. Va.)
    Individual: Brown, John, 1800-1859

Creators and Contributors

    Collins Company

Status: Cataloged

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