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This unusual looking blade would have once been attached to a long wooden pole and have been used as a makeshift weapon during the Radical War of 1820. The Radical War was a week of strikes and unrest, borne from a culmination of demands for reform in the UK. After the French Revolution and Napoleonic War there was economic downturn and Artisan workers, particularly weavers, sought action to reform the unsympathetic government.
On Monday 3 April 1820 around 60,000 workers went on strike over a wide area of central Scotland. Workers were carrying out military drills, foundries and forges were raided for iron files, dyer's poles were acquired to make and together pikes and other weapons were created and distributed to the disgruntled workers. After a week of unrest government troops crushed the reformers and many were sentenced to death for being traitors.
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Circa 1820
2350 x 40mm (7' 8 1/2" x 1 9/16")
490 x 125 x 30mm
20 x 8mm
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