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