The hilt is in the typical Marwari Rajput style, made by Ram Namar in 1857 A.D.
Base, flats: 16 mm
Base, edges: 21 mm
Bikanēr, Rajasthan, North India
Probably 17th-18th century
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A large Rajput lance head from the Bikanēr armory, located in the Thar desert in Northern Rajasthan.
(See article: The Bikaner Armory)
It was the tip of a large and heavy armor-piercing cavalry lance.
The business end is a long spike with a square cross-section. Each of the facets has a fuller at the base. The head is seated on a long socket, largely with an octagonal cross-section. The steel surface shows laminations visible in both socket and head.
Despite being a practical military weapon foremost, some effort was put into it, decorating it with chiseling and engravings. It is in a clean state, with no buildup of patina, like most items from this armory. Probably a combination of good, periodic maintenance and the dry local desert climate.
It bears to markings in the typical style and format used in the Bikanēr armory:
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