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Interesting T16 Arrowhead

Here's a really interesting arrowhead. This is my copy in iron with steel barbs of Royal Armouries XI.529.

It's a London Museum Type 16, but the barbs have been brought right down to the socket, and ground in a way that starts to look like the later period London Museum Type 10, or Jessops M2 (the "Tudor bodkin").

I think this is a lovely example of that mysterious transition period between welded T16 and swaged T10 and I also believe, due mainly to research conducted by John and Jonathan Waller, that this head is what was being fitted to the majority of the Mary Rose arrows, and not the "Tudor bodkin".

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