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Halberd
  • Halberd
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany, Saxony
  • 1610
  • Iron or steel, gold and silk, etched and gilded
  • Length: 69.8 cm, including socket
    Length: 34.3 cm, straps
    Weight: 2.57 kg
  • Inscription: '+F+ S+ C+ V+' In small Roman capital letters
    Inscription: '+1+ 6+ 1+ 0+' In small Roman capital letters
    Inscription: '*A*H*Z*S*' Etched, the asterisks are stars; translated as August Herzog zu Sachsen
  • A967
  • European Armoury II
Commentary
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  • Halberd, the head with a long, tapering spike of diamond section, with three cusps at the base; axe-blade of crescent (concave) shape; curved fluke; socket of round section and two side-straps; the surface is etched with scrolls and strapwork, formerly gilt, and cartouches containing on one side the arms of Saxony, and on the other the crossed key and sword of Naumberg, surmounted by small Roman capital letters:

    +F+S+C+V+

    with the date below:

    +1+6+1+0+

    The fluke is etched with the initials:

    *A * H * Z * S *

    (August Herzog zu Sachsen)

    The arms are those of Augustus (son of Christian I, Elector of Saxony), who was Administrator of the Bishopric of Naumberg, and died in 1615. The octagonal staff (a restoration) has a tassel of crimson silk.

    German (Saxon), dated 1610.