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Object Name PIKE
Catalog Number 0985.03.00171
Description "Bridle-cutter" blade (straight spear point and second, curved blade extending horizontally at base of spear point), brass ferrule and langets on wooden shaft. An oval plaque used to be attached to the handle, but is now missing (as evidenced by light-colored oval on wood, and two pin holes); it is believed to have read, "The 'JOE BROWN PIKE' / WAS ORDERED MADE IN AN OFFICIAL CALL / FEBRUARY 20th, 1862 / BY / JOSEPH E. BROWN / GOVENOR OF GEORGIA / 1857 - 1865" (based on presence of identically-shaped plaque on pike 0985.3.170).
Dimensions L-97 inches
Owned owner/user unknown
Made Georgia, CSA
Provenance This pike is an example of a "bridle cutter" pike, designed to hook the reins of a mounted enemy and draw him in close for attack. It is an example of a "Joe Brown" pike -- named thus because Governor Joseph Brown of Georgia (1857-1865) issued a Proclamation on February 20, 1862, calling for use of specially made pikes by the armies of the South. His effort was also to involve the civilian population in the war effort. As far as is known, these Georgia-made pikes were never used in battle.
People Brown, Joseph Emerson
Subjects Weapons