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Swiss Sempach Halberd, Lamprecht Koller, 17th C
The original Sempach halberd dates back to the second half of the 15th C. After having not been used for nearly 2 centuries, the Zurich Zeughaus (arsenal) commissioned Lamprecht Koller, of Wurenlos, Switzerland, (active 1663-1681) to make this style of halberd once again to equip soldiers of the canton. He provided over 1000 of these to the Zurich Zeughaus. This example features a nearly vertical, slightly convex axe blade, a broad 5 Ĺ" thickened armor-piercing spike with medial ridge, and a downward angled rear beak. It is deeply stamped with a fleur de lis inside a rectangular shield makerís mark on one side (while it is difficult to make out in the photos, a magnifying glass clearly shows the fleur de lis). Long integral steel langets, mounted on its original octagonal shaft with original tarred textile covering and domed brass-head nails. This example is as good as they come, in very good untouched original condition. Similar example in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, #1977-167- 09, formerly in the famous Kienbusch Collection. Length of metal 35 1/4", overall 89".
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