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Halberd
  • Halberd
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1600 - c. 1620
    19th century (staff)
  • Iron or steel, wood
  • Length: 53.7 cm, including socket
    Length: 56 cm, straps
    Weight: 2.41 kg
  • Maker's mark Stamped
  • A966
  • European Armoury II
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  • Halberd, the head with S-shaped axe-blade; two-edged spike with central ridge; drooping fleur-de-lys-shaped fluke; socket of round, faceted section; long side-straps; modern staff. The blade is etched with ovals containing upon the one side the arms of Saxony; upon the other the insignia of the Arch-Marshalship of the Holy Roman Empire enclosed in strapwork. The fluke is deeply stamped on one side with a maker's mark.

    German (Saxon), about 1600-1620.

    Provenance: Henry Courant (Une albarde gravée aux armes de Saxe) 200 fr.; receipted bill, 6 June, 1865; Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    The mark is a very common one on halberds and is found, for instance, on examples in the Royal Armouries (VII. 1028); the Boissonas Collection, formerly at Geneva (described by Buttin); the Zeughaus at Solothurn; the Musée de l’Armée, Brussels; Hermitage, St. Petersburg; Metropolitan Museum, New York; and many in the Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin.