Antique Polish Mace Buzdygan, 17th century
The buzdygan is a mace bared by a colonel as a symbol of rank and a sign of the officer's authority, as the commander of the Polish cavalry Husaria and Pancerni during the 16th-17th century. There were many different styles of Buzdygans used by the Polish cavalry commanders, this particular one represents a classical Polish stale Buzdygan.
REFERENCES: (1)"Bron w dawnej Polsce" by Zdzislaw Zygulski. (2) Husaria: The Winged Horsemen by Anna Wasilowska (3) Stara Bron W Polskich Zbiorach: Zdzislaw Zygulski.
CONDITION: In an excavated corroded condition, however very stable and solid, with a dark brown surface. The head shows tracings of pierced holes, which are now covered by rust. The reddish rusty color of the mace head, which appears on the pictures, is the effect of strong lighting that we had used to expose the condition of the iron head. The wooden haft is a later replacement.
Measurements: Overall length: 63.5 cm (25 in). Dimension of the iron head: Height 8.4 cm (3 1/4 in). Width: 7 cm (2 3/4 in).