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Austrian Halberd, ca. 1580
Deeply concave axe blade with angled rear beak featuring upturned hook and deeply stamped with a cog-shaped makerís mark (so deeply stamped that it has punched through to the other side). Broad 11 1/4" leaf-shaped thrusting blade with medial ridge. Integrally forged conical ferrule with single 4 Ĺ" side strap; mounted on later hexagonal hardwood shaft. Metal lightly pitted with a deep blade strike to the beak (see photo). Length of metal 25", overall 88". Similar examples are featured in the Landesmuseum Graz, Austria. This was the capital of 16th C Styria, part of the Hapsburg Empire, which was at war with the Ottoman Empire from the 16th-18th Centuries.
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