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Bone Spears

Postby Foxe » Fri Feb 11, 2011 3:28 pm

Anybody like to hazard a guess (or just say if you know) what 'bone spears' means in 1595. They're placed in an inventory of ship's stores between rapiers, shirts of mail, black bills, and pikes, so I suspect them to be a weapon. They are about one third the value of 'halberds and partizans', but the same value as black bills.

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Re: Bone Spears

Postby Phil the Grips » Fri Feb 11, 2011 7:29 pm

[guess] It's actually "Boar" spear[/guess]


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Postby Lord High Everything Esle » Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:21 pm

Foxe wrote:Anybody like to hazard a guess (or just say if you know) what 'bone spears' means in 1595. They're placed in an inventory of ship's stores between rapiers, shirts of mail, black bills, and pikes, so I suspect them to be a weapon. They are about one third the value of 'halberds and partizans', but the same value as black bills.

Any thoughts?


Could they be harpoons?


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Re: Bone Spears

Postby Foxe » Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:10 pm

Possibly, but it was a purely military expedition so if they are harpoons then they're not for whales - if you see what I mean.

I suspect that Phil is probably right, but I'm working from a transcript so can't check the original text. "Bore spear" would look a lot like "Bone spear", especially if the handwriting is a bit scruffy.


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Re: Bone Spears

Postby Lord High Everything Esle » Thu Feb 24, 2011 11:34 am

Foxe wrote:Possibly, but it was a purely military expedition so if they are harpoons then they're not for whales - if you see what I mean.

I suspect that Phil is probably right, but I'm working from a transcript so can't check the original text. "Bore spear" would look a lot like "Bone spear", especially if the handwriting is a bit scruffy.


Well if we can have catfish and dogfish I suppose we could have seaswine. :devil:

Maybe even "military" expeditions had to eat off the land or sea in need.


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