The Wallace Collection

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  • Halberd
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy or France
  • c. 1630
  • Iron, oak, gold, silk and silver, incised, gilded and blackened
  • Length: 83.5 cm, including socket
    Length: 23.3 cm, straps
    Weight: 2.68 kg
  • A971
  • European Armoury III
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  • Halberd, the head with a very long top-spike of diamond section; pierced axe-blade with concave edge, and drooping fluke, both decorated with piercings and scale and diaper patterns on a blackened ground roughly incised and gilt; two side-straps widening at the upper end to form the half-socket, which is of rectangular section and reinforced with a square band; oak staff of octagonal section, with tassel of crimson silk; spike-shaped ferrule of wrought iron bearing traces of silver.

    Italian or French (?), about 1630.

    Compare similarly incised (not etched) decoration on A970.