German “Kriegshippe” Head, ca. 15/16th C

German “Kriegshippe” Head, ca. 15/16th C

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German “Kriegshippe” Head, ca. 15/16th C
German “Kriegshippe” Head, ca. 15/16th C
German “Kriegshippe” Head, ca. 15/16th C
German “Kriegshippe” Head, ca. 15/16th C

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One of a myriad of peasant weapons in use from the Middle Ages through the early 19th Century was the “Kriegshippe”, or war sickle. As with most peasant weapons, it was adapted from a common farm implement. The inside cutting edge and hooked end made it ideal for cutting a horseman’s reigns or inflicting severe cuts. It was usually mounted on a long staff when used for fighting. This excavated example is of forged iron. Broad 9" cutting edge, 4" wide at the hooked end. It bears a stamped maker’s mark at the hook end. Hooked 5" tang for securing inside a wood shaft. Good substance showing grain and forging lamination. Cutting edge jagged from corrosion. Overall length 14 5/8".

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Item Details:

  • Reference #
  • A367
  • Category
  • Militaria & Weapons
  • Department
  • Antiques
  • Year
  • 15/16 C
  • Dimensions
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  • Height: 0 inch
  • Depth: 0 inch
  • Weight: 0 pound
  • Condition
  • Excavated Good