The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Halberd
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • mid 17th century
  • Steel, oak and copper alloy
  • Length: 191 cm
    Length: 30.5 cm, head
    Weight: 1.52 kg
  • A974
  • European Armoury III
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  • Halberd, the long, pyramidal spike, the four sides pierced at the base with a circular hole from which vertical openings run upwards to within 1 1/2 inches of the point. The neck is ornamented with turned mouldings, and carries two small down-curving hooks. Below this is a hollow flattened sphere formed of steel loops set closely together. Octagonal socket, on one side of which is a slender, crescent-shaped axe-blade with a pierced trefoil projecting in the centre, the whole thing elaborately pierced. This is balanced by a fig-shaped hammer formed of a series of close-set bars, not unlike the head of a mace. From the centre of this springs a short pyramidal spike, its base pierced with four holes. Modern octagonal staff of oak studded with large, brass-headed nails. Steel ferrule.

    Probably French, mid-17th century.