Spearhead

Spearhead (Period)

Spearhead (Period)

Boar-spear head (Period)

Boar-spear head (Period)

A spearhead is the metal point affixed to the shaft of a spear.  It may also be blazoned a “fer-de-lance”.  The usual form of spearhead found in period armory is lozenge-shaped; it’s occasionally shown “embrued”, with the point bloodstained.

 

The spearhead is frequently also shown with a crossbar, as in the arms of Andelfingen, c.1340 [Zurich 370]; this form may be explicitly blazoned as a “boar-spear head”.

 

Cronel (Period)

Cronel (Period)

There is also the “cronel”, the head of a tilting spear, with prongs to help it affix to its target; it’s intended for practice bouts, not actual tourneys, since the broader head spreads the force of the impact.  The cronel is found in the arms of Wiseman, 1523 [DBA2 320].

 

All forms of spearhead have their points to chief by default.  For related charges, see arrowhead, pheon.

The Shire of Amlesmore bears:  Quarterly gules and Or, a spearhead within a laurel wreath counterchanged.

Iulstan Sigewealding bears:  Sable, three spearheads Or.

Polydore Pike bears:  Sable, a spearhead inverted and a bordure Or.

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