Antique 16th century European Halberd Head
Antique 16th century European Halberd Head [E368] Authentic antique late 16th century Swiss Halberd head with stout central spike of diamond, a strongly crescentic axe-blade formed with a pair of lugs, a down curved shaped fluke with notched lugs stamped with the maker's mark, tapering socket and a pair of short straps. CONDITION: One of the straps is with a horizontal crack, the other one is chipped, otherwise in good condition considering its age of approximately 400 years old. MEASUREMENTS: Overall length: 81.3 cm (32 in). The blade including fluke is 27.5 cm (10 3/4 inches) long and 16.7 cm (6 5/8 inches) tall. REFERENCES: "Armoures Marks" by Dudley S. Hawtrey Gyngell, page 113. A halberd with exactly the same maker mark is in the Wallace Collection, published in the Wallace Catalogue, European Arms and Armour by Sir James Mann, page 453 No A966 with additional information that exactly the same marks appear on examples of halberds in the following world famous collections as: Tower of London (VII, 1028); the Boissonas Collection, formerly at Geneva (described by Buttin); the Zeughaus at Solothurn; The Musée de la Porte de Hal at Brussels; The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia; Metropolitan Museum, New York: and in Museum für Deutsche Geschichte, Berlin.
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