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Austrian Halberd, Last Quarter 16th C
Broad 21" thrusting blade with medial ridge, pierced with 6 groups of three holes each near the base. Concave axe head and angled rear beak, pierced with groups of holes and stamped with the mark of Peter Schreckeisen of Waldneukirchen on the beak. Schreckeisen made numerous halberds of this type for the Landeszeughaus (arsenal) in Graz, though most featured a slender diamond-section thrusting spike instead of the broad leaf-shaped blade featured on this example. Mounted on original octagonal hardwood shaft with later textile tassel. Langets integrally forged with the head and reinforced with a separate ferrule; shortened slightly (2" one side, 5" other side). Length of metal 41", overall 92". Dark uncleaned patina on metal. Very good condition, showing typical wear from age and use.
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