14497 Double flue whaling iron, mounted on a replicated pole in authentic fashion with an “iron strap” and marlin covering on the socket and appropriate marlin seizings to the pole. Good condition with moderate overall pitting showing signs of use in the whale fishery. Maker's mark and ship marks are no longer readable. The iron is 33 1/4 in. long, 4 1/4 in. across the barbs with shank diameter about 1/2 in. Oa length including the pole is 103 1/2 in. An early example of a scarce style harpoon. American. Ca 1830-40.
Double flue whaling harpoons are scarce, as the industry began using toggle irons almost exclusively after the mid 19th century.