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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. 38).

Physical Description

With etched decoration. Long spike of flattened diamond section at the base, changing to stiff diamond section. The edges at the base are cusped. Trapezoid-shaped axe-blade, with concave cutting edge, balanced at the rear by a curving fluke. Tubular socket with two large langets. The lower part of the spike and the upper part of the socket are etched with strapwork panels, scrolls etc., against a granulated ground. The arms of Saxony are on each face of the blade in a cartouche within a frame of fruit, foliage and strapwork. Wooden haft covered with faded, lacquered, domed heads. A strip of gold galloon runs up one side, modern tassel of gold thread and red and yellow silk.


Dimensions: Length overall: 2515 mm (99 in), length of head: 726 mm (28.6 in), length of langets: 419 mm (16.5 in) Weight: 6 lb 7 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

A panel on each face of the fluke bears the initials I.H.G.H.Z.S (IOHANN GEORG HERZOG ZU SACHSEN).


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Similar to VII.1381