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Glaive
  • Glaive
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1555 or later
  • Steel and copper alloy
  • Length: 62 cm, blade
    Width: 8.7 cm, at greatest
    Weight: 2.33 kg, with haft
  • Inscription: 'F'
    Inscription: 'A'
  • A939
  • European Armoury I
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Glaive, with a tall head with a single, curved edge, double-edged towards the point; oblong half-socket of rectangular section, with four iron straps secured by brass star-headed rivets. Decorated with an etched shield of arms encircled with the collar of the Golden Fleece, and surmounted by an archducal bonnet; above is the letter F. The haft lacks its ferrule, and is incised with the letter A, possibly the initial of the Archer Guard who carried it.

    The arms are those of Archduke Ferdinand II of Tyrol (1529-95), second son of the Emperor Ferdinand I, and the founder of the collection at Schloss Ambras. It is possible that the glaives or Kusen of this pattern were made in 1555 when the Archduke was received into the Order of the Golden Fleece. (See Thomas, Vienna Jahrbuch, EXV, p. 62.)

    German, about 1600-1615.

    Skelton II, pl. LXXXV, fig. 7.

    Provenance: Sir S. R. Meyrick.

    Exhibited: South Kensington, 1869, no. 198.