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Halberd
  • Halberd
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1575
  • Iron or steel and gold, blackened, etched and gilt
  • Length: 40.6 cm, including socket
    Length: 36.5 cm, straps
    Weight: 1.66 kg
  • Maker's mark
  • A968
  • European Armoury II
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Halberd, the head with leaf-shaped spike with central ridge; small axe-blade with concave edge; drooping fluke, stamped on one side with a maker's mark. It is decorated with two pairs of figures (male and female) in civil dress, Roman shields, helmeted head, drum, a bird, and scrolls of conventional foliage etched on a blackened and granulated ground; ten-sided socket, which bears traces of gilding; two side-straps; staff of circular section and large crimson tassel; the shoe missing.

    South German (possibly Austrian), about 1575.

    A very similar weapon with the same mark in the Museo Stibbert, Florence, is dated 1575 (1975 cat., no. 502).