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Glaive
  • Glaive
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1600
  • Iron or steel, copper alloy, incised and punched
  • Length: 88.3 cm, including socket
    Length: 19 cm, straps
    Weight: 3.03 kg
  • A944
  • European Armoury II
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Glaive, closely resembling A943. The tall head has a curved cutting-edge, the back with a triple branched projection shaped to the form of the Greek ε, and pierced at the centre with a group of seven holes; at the base two shaped spurs; tapering socket of octagonal section and two short side straps; the blade is boldly incised with trophies of arms, cornucopias and semi-circular punch marks, with an oval (blank) shield in the centre. The staff is studded with brass-headed nails and has a strong, tapering ferrule of circular section (probably a restoration).

    Italian, about 1600.