Fishing Spears & Gigs
Hand fishing spears were at one time quite popular and were mostly used for fish, eels, snakes and frogs. All of our spears & gigs are vintage or antique. The prices for ones shown with poles are for the iron gig or spearhead only and there is an additional charge, mostly for S&H, for the pole if it is also wanted. Otherwise, we will seperate the gig from the pole and send only the gig. All our prices for the gig do include free S&H and Insurance.
Let us know if you would like to purchase the pole, if one is shown with the spearhead, and we will send you a paypal invoice or you can call us with a credit card or you can always send a check or money order whatever your payment preferance may be.
This spear head features 5 pointed (quite sharp) tines in fine old hand forged metal. It most likely was blacksmith made and probably somewhere near where we found it in the Blue Mountain Lake area deep in the Adirondack mountains. While I have found many fishing and gig type spear heads, seldom do they have such defined barbs.
This fish spearhead is approximately 7.5 inches long and 3.75 inches wide. We estimate it to date back to the fourth quarter of the 19th century and sometime around 1875.
When was the last time you saw a gig with just one tine? Usually they have several for eels, fish and frogs, etc. This is a hand forged and blacksmith made single tine gig made for muscrat giging. It guess it was used to reach into the muscrat's lodge and spear him. While it was most likely made in the mid 19th century we believe it was used right up to the 1930s-40s by a trapper working in Vermont's Green Mountains. It comes with two muscrat skinning boards also used by that same trapper.
The pole is 69 inches long and the tine spear head is 7 inches long. Each muscrat skinning board is approximately 20 inches long and 7.25 inches wide. Free shipping in two packages anywhere within the USA.
This is a large hand forged spearhead it is approximately 24 inches long and about 6 inches wide and comes with its own custom made wooden sheath. There is no pole available for this item.
We collected this marvelous spearhead in the Adirondacks (just north of Lake George, New York) this past fall. It is probably the finest one we have ever had and we have had many. It is hand forged and was probably blacksmith made some time in the last half of the 19th century. It is in great condition and was very well made. There is a classic spearhead in the center flanked on each side with three spear tines and each one has a long and sharp reverse snell or barb. This spear was obviously used on larger fish like salmon, carp, catfish and gar. It is approximately 14 inches long and 7.5 inches wide.
This clam basket/rake was blacksmith made and dates to around the turn-of-the-century and the later part of the 19th century. Please notice the very unique and unusual shape. It was recently found in New England and it is approximately 12 inches tall, 10 inches wide and 7 inches deep.