Bohemian earspoon

The Bohemian earspoon (German Böhmischer Ohrlöffel[1] or Knebelspiess, Czech ušatá sudlice[2] is a polearm featuring a long, broad, socketed spearhead with two out-turned lugs (sharply bent hooks, straight spikes, or triangular guards)[1] at the base of the head, forming a guard similar to that of a boar spear.[3]

Derived ultimately from the early Medieval lugged spear, the earspoon developed in the 14th century. Its use was probably not confined to Central Europe.[3] It was used for both hunting and military purposes.

The source of the name is uncertain.


  1. Wagner, Eduard (2014). Medieval Costume, Armour and Weapons. p. xxi. ISBN 0486320251.
  2. Křížek, Leonid; Čech, Zdirad J. K. (1999). "Sudlice". Encyklopedie zbraní a zbrojí (in Czech). Praha: Libri. p. 245. ISBN 80-85983-70-2.
  3. Blackmore, Howard (2003). Hunting Weapons from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century. Dover. p. 86. ISBN 0-486-40961-9.

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