Object Title

Halberd

Halberd

Date

1590-1610

Object Number

VII.1385

Provenance

Purchased from the Beriah Botfield collection at Norton Hall, Northamptonshire, with the aid of the National Art Collections Fund, 1942.(Norton Hall No.493)

Physical Description

Tall, triangular-shaped top spike, the faces rising in a concave curve to a pronounced medial ridge. Long, cusped, arched and inverted neck. Axe-head with a re- curved blade and an upper edge off which springs a short, down-curved blade and an upper edge off which springs a short, down-curved fluke beneath a cusp. Long, down-curved rear fluke from the top of the shoulder of which springs a small fluke curving in towards the top spike. The socket retains the medial ridge of the top spike. At the top of the socket on either side is a small, residual fluke. Neck of the top spike etched with symmetrical floral and 'C' scroll-work within a strap-work border. The blade is etched on both sides with an oval cartouche containing a coat of arms and surrounded by a formal border of scroll-work and fruit. The outside of the blade bears the arms of Saxony, the inside the arms of the Arch Marshalship of the Empire.


Round haft covered with green velvet attached by brass dome-headed rivets in the following pattern: a vertical line down each side and three lateral bands. The rivets also secure strips of fabric covered with gold ullion. At the top is a tassel of red, orange and white.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 2331 mm (91 3/4 in), length of head: 546 mm (21 1/2 in)

Associations

Places Germany