Object Title

Bill

Bill

Date

1471-1499

Object Number

VII.1373

Provenance

Presented by F.H.Cripps-Day

Physical Description

With original haft. Cleaver-like head, the axe-blade forks at the top into a curved fluke and a long vertical spike. In the middle of the back is a short horizontal spike. At the spike base there is a decorative triangular piercing linking three small holes. Two langets extend down the haft from the open tapering socket.


The original wooden haft, which tapers slightly towards the foot, is decorated with a lightly incised wavy line and a series of small stars.

Featured in

Hundred Years War

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 1968 mm (77.5 in), length of head: 749 mm (29.5 in), length of langets: 267 mm (10.5 in) Weight: 5 lb 9 oz

Associations

Places England

Bibliographic References

A.[C.N.] Borg, 'The fighting bill : the Englishman's other weapon' Heritage, 1.1, February 1974, pp. 4-7, at p. p. 5, illus. no. 3.

C. Blair, European and American Arms, c.1100-1850, London, 1962, Line illus. X (h) pp.110-111: 'English (?), sixteenth century'.