Fine hand spear as used in the suicidal charges which were generally containable but twice broke the British infantry “square” formation. 57 3/4” length with fine leaf shaped point over finely chiseled raised addorsed barbs in two ranks and opposing bottom pair, on integral banded socket. Natural wood haft and pair of counter weights to the base. Well preserved for the period. The spear of the fanatical followers of Mohammed Ahmed, the “Mad Mahdi” who rose against the British in 1885 to drive out all non-Muslims from Sudan. The hand spear is the weapon of the hand to hand encounter which inevitably concluded with the death of one combatant. The heads were invariably vicious as a commitment to radical religious fervor.
Item ID: B5727

This item is sold


Certificate of Authenticity

All items purchased from The History Gift Store are accompanied by a signed and dated Certificate of Authenticity with the name of the item and its unique item number for future reference.

Certificates are suitable for display with your item, and can easily be mounted in a 8½" x 5½" frame. Our certificates are printed on an acid free 65lb cardstock. This means your certification will not turn yellow or deteriorate over time.


You have questions? We have answers.

We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase, and we will do anything we can to make sure of it.
If you have any questions, please let us know, and we'll be happy to assist you.