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Pike

Description

A pike used in the raid led by abolitionist John Brown (1800-1859) on a Federal armory at Harpers Ferry, Virginia on October 16-18, 1859. The sharp, flat, steel blade is affixed with an iron guard and is attached to a long wooden (ash) pole. He was executed by hanging following a trial. One of several John Brown pikes in the collection, this one is marked "#54". A total of 954 identical pikes were made for Brown by blacksmith Charles Blair of Collins & Company in Collinsville, Connecticut.

Date

1859-10-16

Materials

Wood, metal

Dimensions

Approximately 7 feet

Resource ID

2365

Credit Line

From the Estate of Edward Stabler, Jr

Digital Publisher

Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture

Rights

This digital image is made available here for private study, scholarship, and research. Commercial and other uses are prohibited without the permission of the Maryland Center for History and Culture. For more information, visit the MCHC’s Reproductions and Permissions web page.