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- n. A medieval long spear with two sharp tapering blades projecting forward at 45 degrees with the blunt side facing the opponent.
Two of the Duchy tenants carrying the halbert and spetum as they used to appear when the market proclamation was read.
On market mornings the Steward of the Duchy armed with a sword in a richly gilt scabbard would repair to the castle on horseback, where he would be joined by two freeholders of Duchy land, also mounted; one carrying the antique halbert and the other the spetum that are now preserved in a solicitor's office in Eastgate. [
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