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Swiss Halberd, Bern, 17th C
Patterned after the fighting halberds of the late 15th C, the Canton of Bern commissioned the manufacture of quantities of halberds of this type to equip the town arsenal in the 17th C. This example features a convex axe blade with rear beak and broad thrusting blade with thickened armor-piercing point. Head stamped with a clear "IP" makerís mark. Integrally forged ferrule and long side straps, mounted on its original hardwood shaft. Metal parts with scattered pitting. Overall length 79 Ĺ", length of metal 32 7/8". For a similar example, see "Die Stangenwaffen im Museum Altes Zeughaus Solothurn", p. 34, by Beglinger and Leutenegger.
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