Bill 96-2040a from 1564 Galleon Santa ClaraYour model is disabled. For more details go to Edit properties3D Model
The bill is a type of iron polearm rooted in an agricultural implement and woodsman’s tool known as a “billhook.” Bills are distinguished from other polearms by a hooked, crescent-shaped blade and an elongated, forward-looking point, along with a spike opposite the cutting edge. Intact bills are ca. 60 cm long. This partial billhook, from the wreck of the 1564 galleon Santa Clara, is a 27.8 cm section running from the shaft socket to the front edge of the back-spike. The opening of the socket is 4.5 cm. The back-spike is 2.5 cm wide and 7.4 long; it is finished with a quadrangular point. Two iron rivets fixed the bill to its shaft. The rivet nearest the point was T-shaped, and the elongated head bridged across the open throat of the socket preventing the rivet from pulling through the wood.