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Officer's halberd
  • Officer's halberd
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • 17th century
  • Steel, velvet, wood and gold, formerly gilded
  • Length: 152.7 cm
    Weight: 0.61 kg
  • A969
  • European Armoury III
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  • Officer's halberd. The head is very small and purely ornamental, consisting of a short fleur-de-lys-shaped spike, with a blade of similar form but larger, balanced by another of the same shape. All three are pierced with circular and oblong openings, and roughly ornamented with scrollwork stamped with a punch. Affixed to the sides at right-angles to the blades are two short pyramidal spikes. The whole formerly gilt. The langets or side-straps on the staff have both been broken short. Slender staff of fruit wood originally covered with velvet, traces of which remain at the head. Tubular steel ferrule.

    Perhaps German, 17th century.