Object Title

War scythe

War scythe



Object Number



Purchased Sotheby's 6 December 1951, Lot 22,with VII.1530-1534.

Physical Description

Scythe-like blade sharpened on both sides of its hooked point, otherwise single-edge. An L shaped tang attached at right angles passes through the top of the modern haft and lies against it attached by a hooked terminal driven into the wood and a narrow steel band halfway up the length of the tang.


Dimensions: Overall length: 98.5in., Length of head: 32in., Length of tang: 5.5in. Weight: 5 lb. 11 oz.

Inscriptions and Marks

A deep, indecipherable mark is stamped at the bottom of one face of the blade.


Places Germany

Bibliographic References

Blair. C, 'European and American Arms', 1962, Line ill. XI(q), pp.112-113.