Object Title

Halberd

Halberd

Date

1700-1900

Object Number

VII.1038

Physical Description

Pierced blade; short.

Associations

Places Europe

Bibliographic References

C. ffoulkes, Inventory and Survey of the Armouries of the Tower of London, London, 1916, vol. II, p. 250.

Notes

General note on this type of halberd by PJL, in progress (last update, 16/07/01)
There are significant numbers of halberds of this type in the Royal Armouries. These include (list in progress): VII.1038-1086, 1271, 1283, 1323, 1324, 2431, 2879-2881, 2975, 3033, 3047.
The type is discussed in: A. Darling, 'Staff weapons of the British army', 'Canadian Journal of Arms Collecting', IX, no. 1, Feb. 1971, pp. 3-10, at pp. 4, 6, fig. 3 (long caption).
VII.1038-1086 were dated by ffoulkes (1916: 250) to the seventeenth century. They were dated in the typed inventory as 18th- or early 19th-century but the date range is probably somewhat narrower. A note on the typed inventory for VII.1056 by A.V.B. Norman says 'probably 17th-century in fact' (agreeing with ffoulkes) but this seems too early. A number are marked for the Artillery, on the basis of which they have sometimes been called Artillery halberds, e.g. by by Darling (1971). At the time of writing (July 2001) it is not known how many are so marked or whether this pattern of halberd was used exclusively by the artillery. Darling gives some information on the carrying of halberds by the artillery.
According to the marks cards, two marks are found on these halberds:
A heart containg the letters IO: VII.1038, 1041, 1047(?), 1078, 1046, 1078.
A heart (without the letters): VII.1045, 1051, 1054, 1056, 1058, 1063, 1064.