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Purchased from the Beriah Botfield collection at Norton Hall, Northamptonshire, with the aid of the National Art Collections Fund, 1942 (Norton Hall No. 36).

Physical Description

With etched decoration. Broad spike with parallel edges and obtuse point. Heavy cresentic axe-blade balanced by a wide horizontal fluke with waved edges. Tapering socket; two langets extend down the haft. The spike is etched with an Electoral Bonnet over crossed palm branches with floral patterns above, the blade on each face with an oval cartouche bearing the arms of the Arch-Marshalship of the Holy Roman Empire impaling those of Saxony, the whole between palm branches and surmounted by an Electoral Bonnet. The fluke bears the monogram F.A.C. (Frederick August Churfurst) the etching bears traces of gilding. The socket is stamped with the number 29. Modern wooden haft covered with red velvet and with tassel of gold thread.


Dimensions: Length of head: 584 mm (23 in), length of Langets: 381 mm (15 in)


Places Germany


The monogram is that of Friedrich August I, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, nicknamed The Strong, born 1670, succeeded 1694, elected King 1697, died 1733.