Rare Vintage ‘PIRELLI” Collectors Large Spring Activated Speargun with Line and Harpoon c1960
Here on offer is a rare vintage collectors large Speargun including line and harpoon.
It was made by the famous Italian tyre company “Pirelli” probably back in the 1960’s.
I am told this larger type of Speargun where obviously much more powerful than the short pistol types and where used to catch larger fish, such as sharks and large rays, etc.
The heavy solid metal harpoon has a small-hinged flap at the top to ensure the harpoon doesn’t pull out of the fish once it has penetrated its body.
I have searched on the Internet and can’t find another example; in fact I can’t find any that where made by Pirelli?
The Speargun is in full working order and is powered by a strong spring contained inside the aluminium metal tube.
It is loaded by twisting the knurled ring near the base of the gun and then the heavy metal harpoon is inserted into the tube at the top and pressed down (against something hard that won’t be damaged by the sharp point) until it clicks in place.
There is a safety catch on the pistol grip.
The line can be tied to the movable metal spring around the harpoon, which slides down the harpoon once it has been fired.
The black metal pistol grip has the famous Pirelli logo in raised letters on both sides.
This really is an impressive piece of engineering and I can’t find another one like it.
It has been used and shows wear to the black paint on the grip and fittings, but this could be repainted if so required. There may also be a screw/nut missing on the front of the grip or the hole has another purpose?
Makes a great display piece from the 1960’s and can still be used today for catching large fish.
It Speargun measures 55.5” (141cm) long and the harpoon is 35.5” (90.2cm) long.
Combined they weigh 1.58Kg.
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