Ethiopian military spear c441

length: 65 5/8"
head: 18"
blade width: 1 1/2"
shaft: 47 1/2"
weight: 1 lb 7.2 oz

Ethiopian military spear from the government arsenal at Addis Abba, saved from the arsenal literally hours before the arsenal was destroyed in an accidental explosion in the early 1990's. The spear head dates from the middle to late 1800's, and was most likely issued and returned to the arsenal several times over it's working life. The head shows some damage to the "skin" finish - we believe that the finish may be case-hardening, but haven't been able to verify this as a construction technique on Ethiopian militaria of the period. The shaft is not original to the spear (only the spear head was saved from the arsenal explosion), but it is the same size as the original would have been and is vintage aged hardwood.