The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Halberd
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • mid 17th century
  • Iron or steel and walnut, chiselled and engraved
  • Length: 216 cm
    Length: 49.8 cm, head
    Weight: 1.48 kg
  • A972
  • European Armoury III
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  • Halberd, the top-spike of flattened diamond section with two small curved ears at the base. Small axe-blade with concave edge, chiselled and pierced with winged monsters; balanced on the other side by a fluke similarly decorated. Socket of round section with short langets or side-straps down the staff; on the left side of the socket is a hook in the form of a long-necked monster. In addition to the pierced and chiselled decoration, the base of the spike is ornamented with roughly engraved foliage, and the socket with a chevron pattern. Modern staff of walnut.

    Probably Italian, mid-17th century.