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ON SALE - Rare Antique French Set of Boxed Huge Javelots Darts - k128
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We are pleased to offer this very rare set of French Vintage javelots. The history of Javelots is at the bottom of the page after the photos and is an interesting read for those who may be interested. The feathers are very worn as shown which would be expected.
SIZE approx: Box 43.5cm long x 16cm deep x 16.5cm high - Javelin Tip 16cm long approx x 36cm long overall.
A brief history of Javelots
This typically Artesian game, was born in the Arras region of north eastern France.
In 1337 King Charles the V of France issued a decree prohibiting all "non-military games" which increased the popularity of this "target" oriented game. During the 15th and 16th centuries the game moved to Flanders and was popular in mining communities where many taverns and cafes had a javelot court or "blot".
The sport has three categories depending upon the weight of the projectiles: "light", "means" and "heavy". The javelin, or javelot, itself consisted of an iron, but now hardened steel, tip 10 cm in length with a weight between 250 and 400 grams. Tinted natural turkey feathers are attached to the tip by a ring to stabilize the javelin during flight. The feathers are precision carved and painted in various colours. A good "pitcher" changes plumes regularly, as they wear out quickly during practice and competitions. The modern Poplar target, which was once made of compressed rye straw, consists of a wooden stand holding a red and a white concentric circle measuring 6 and 21 cm diameter respectively.
Players stand at a distance of 8 meters from the target while the goal is to throw the javelot though the center of smaller ring, the " fly", for a score of 2 points while the larger 18 to 21 cm ring is scored at 1 point. During play, the pitchers "mate", or" Saccheux" moves to the side of the target shouting orders to the pitcher, "Push" (too low shot), "Leave" (too high shot), "Opposite" (shooting too right or left).
Ministerial recognition of the sport was acheieved in 1983 and the title of "French Federation Javelin Target Shooting" was established when the activity left cafes and today has grown in popularity as a club sport for all ages from 10 to 90 years.