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British Cavalry Lance
Transitional Lance, predating Pattern 1869 by 1 Year.

Lance with an 1869 Pattern Tip but an unusual shoe, dated 1868.
Possibly an unofficial experimental pattern; possibly official.
Original haft and leather sleeve.
All in good order. Very solid.
(Postage to mainland UK is £20. Internationally it is the buyers responsibility, though I will wrap it and facilitate collection.)
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British Pattern Experimental Cavalry Lance
British Pattern Experimental Cavalry Lance

The lance is in generally good condition. Some rust, mostly cleaned off, option to clean further if desired.No pitting.
Lance head securely attached with studs through the single lanquet, studs also secure pennon. (original)
Butt secured with a stud.
Original shaft on the whole good, one small split running about 4 inches, shown clearly in photos. Lance is still solid and not likely to break unless used for intended purpose...

UK postage only. If postage to abroad required, buyer must arrange.

Overall length 2436mm.

There is an identical one in the Imperial War Museum, link to the web page below. This is their information:

In their discussion of the origins and history of the lance in British service (see 'Sword, Lance & Bayonet', 1938) Charles ffoulkes and Captain E C Hopkinson make reference to this type of lance-head in connection with the debate about the most efficient manner in whch the lance-head could be secured to the shaft: 'At first, using the Cromwellian pike as a model, the head was held by 'langets' or 'lanquets', that is cheeks of steel, of varying lengths riveted to the staff, which were considered to be some protection against sword-cuts. In 1868 these were discarded and the head was socketed and fixed to the staff with shellac, an innovation which was strongly criticized by many Cavalry officers, who instanced cases of lance-heads being cut off by Indian swordsmen. Several suggestions were made to obviate this, Colonel G. Money, of the Central India Horse, producing a model of a lance-head with one langet to which the pennon was attached, and certain experimental lances were issued with socket-heads 22 in. long held in place with shellac and pins.' (p104). On the bais of this description WEA 4310 might possibly be the actual 'model' to which ffoulkes and Hopkinson refer.

An old IWM typed caption is associated with this item which reads: 'Lancehead with one lanquet, rings and pennon studs...' Well-made bright steel lance-head with triangular section hollow ground tapering spear point and only one langet. The langet has two rings (to accept the shaft) and three studs for associated pennon)

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British Pattern 1846 Cavalry Lance
British Pattern 1846 Cavalry Lance. (Only one for sale on the internet!)

Ultra rare 1846 Cavalry Lance, British. Langets to head and butt. Original haft and thong.
The head is remarkable in comparisson to the 1868. Long and thin, it looks really quite dainty, but deadly.
The entire lance has suffered from overheating at some point.
There are many markings to the butt, however I will leave it to the buyer to uncover them. There looks to be a maker mark and WD stamp at the least.
This is an incredibly rare piece, the only one I have ever seen for sale.
A doddle to clean if desired.
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