Excavated Lance Head, 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Rush's Lancers
Item #: Z5893
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Z5893 Excavated Lance Head, 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Rush's Lancers
Description: Very nice, excavated lance head. This style was used by the 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry better known as Rush’s Lancers. According to Brown, Isaac Broome of Philadelphia delivered 1,001 lances to the Ordnance Department in December of 1861. By mid-1863, the lances were turned in and became an obsolete weapon.
The lance head features a three-edged blade, a ferrule, and an open brass tube with a raised knurled ring on the end. Originally, the wooden staff would have inserted into the handle and strengthened by a single rivet and reinforcement bar running down into the middle of the staff. A scarlet pennon would have been affixed to the staff by two brass eyelets.
The condition of the blade is top notch. I’ve seen 4-5 of these and most have large sections rusted out of the blade. The ferrule and tube have a pleasing brownish green patina and the tube is marked "U.S.” in two different places. The open end is slightly out of round and the knurled ring has a few bumps and dings which is to be expected. You would be hard pressed to upgrade an excavated example like this!
Marked: "U.S.” in two different places
Measures: OAL 12”
Recovered: Orange, Virginia
Reference: "Civil War Artifacts: A Guide for the Historian” Crouch Pg. 63 No. 1
Reference: "American Polearms 1526-1865” Brown Pgs. 97-110
Item # Z5893
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