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English Executioner’s Axe, 16th/17th C
Acquired in England, this is a rare example of a beheading axe used from the 15th to 18th Centuries. Heavy hand forged head with 10 1/2" cutting edge extending 13" from the back of the 8 1/4" long socket; showing lamination and seam lap on socket. Unlike many axes with offset blades often represented as executioner axes, but were in reality made for hewing timbers, this axe has a center hung blade with cutting edge beveled on both sides. An almost identical example is the famous axe displayed in the Tower of London, known to have been used for the execution of Lord Lovat in 1747. Old, but likely not original hand-hewed ash haft. Former Hensen collection. Block not included.