Iron Age spearhead from Sweden

Object number
Object: Iron Age spearhead from Sweden

Material: Iron.

Period: Second half of the 1st Millennium BC.
Nordic Iron Age.

Description:    Spearhead with long tube for the shaft. The leaf with a small midrib. It may also have been the tip of a lance, but the decision cannot be made with absolute certainty.

Dimensions: 16.6cm length.

Condition: Severe corrosion, as usual for ancient iron, particularly at the end of the tube. The body is in relatively good condition considering how susceptible the material is to corrosion. Old sticker from a previous owner on the side.

Provenance: Acquired by us on the Swiss art market in 2022. Previously in the Swiss collection of Alfred Huber, acquired in 1998 when Mr. Huber was director of the Burghalde Museum in Lenzburg, Switzerland. The acquisition was made from the collection of the Bally-Prior Museum in Schönenwerd, Switzerland. Acquired into the museum collection in Stockholm in 1894, inventoried as catalogue number 6540. The region where it was found is Värmland in Sweden, as can be seen from an associated inventory card.

An invitation and encouragement to devote oneself to the study of art and nature and to love the subject. This is what the Bally-Prior Museum should be for the youth. And this is why the founder of the museum granted free admission to young visitors. He himself, Peter Eduard Bally-Prior (1847-1926), began collecting early in his life. He passionately devoted himself to minerals, fossils, as well as archaeological and ethnological rarities. His successful career as an industrialist and Swiss National Council gave him ample funds for his passion. He financed six large archaeological excavations in Switzerland and took the time to write accademic publications on history.
The Bally-Prior Museum in Schönenwerd Switzerland opened in 1910 to make the already huge collection accessible to the public. Shortly before the death of the founder in 1926, the museum opened a new wing to accommodate new additions to the collection. After almost a century, in 1998, the museum foundation decided to close down and sell the exhibits. Museums, universities and private individuals rushed to acquire a part. It was people who had love for the subject. Exactly the passion Eduard Bally-Prior wanted to awaken with his museum.

Authenticity: We unconditionally guarantee the authenticity of every artefact, all items are subject to our lifetime return policy on authenticity.