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Lot 293: c 1860 Civil War Period Six Point Cavalry Stopping Spiked Metal Caltrop
29 October 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
c 1860 Civil War Period Six Point Cavalry Stopping Caltrop
c. 1860 Civil War Period, Six Pointed Cast Iron Caltrop, Anti-Horse spiked metal device thrown on the ground to impede Cavalry horses, Choice Extremely Fine.
This 6 Pointed Calthrop with each spike head measuring about .5" to an overall size is about 1.25". Caltrops were small anti-personnel and anti-horse weapons with 4-6 sharpened spikes that would be scatted on roads or trails and in streambeds to punture boots or hooves and disable the victim. They were designed so there was always one spike pointing up. (Similar to one pictured on the Tennessee State Library and Archives webpage.)