"The Double Pike"
"The Double Pike"
By Owen G. Warren, March 16, 1865
Drawing on tissue with some color
12 1/4" x 9 1/4"
National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance

Proposed Military Inventions: Double Pike
Owen G. Warren of New York City sent this sketch for an attack-defense weapon to the U.S. Army's Office of Ordnance. Warren's invention was a shovel with a detachable scoop. The handle could convert into a double pointed pike to be used for attack. The scoop part of the shovel could be attached to a soldier's vest as a protective breast plate. Warren wrote, "In strong hands it more than matches the bayonet." His idea was not implemented.

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