Original Victorian Era Replica English 16th-17th Century Elizabethan Halberd Pole Arm
Original Item: Victorian Era Reproduction. This very nice example came out of a large private collection, and it is 81 inches in overall length, or 6ft 9 inches. For shipping and transportation purposes, it was sawn in half, and now has a 41 1/2" base portion with a 39 1/2" head.
The spike alone is 12" long, the head including the Axe and support langets are a further 19" in length. The remainder is a round wooden haft, formerly adorned with either a wrapping or pennant near the top, which is now mostly gone. There is also a bullion cord with an end tassel present, which definitely is of great age. The bottom end of the haft has a metal spike fitting. These 1500-1630 Halberds are known for the extra long spike to the tops which were largely obsoleted by the English Civil War of 1640.
These Victorian reproductions were quite popular for the up and coming, as an ancient weapon in the house was an easy way to allude to a long family history. Suits of armor were also made, along with many other items. This example would make a great wall display in any house.
A halberd (also called halbard, halbert or Swiss voulge) is a two-handed pole weapon that came to prominent use during the 14th and 15th centuries. The word halberd is most likely equivalent to the German word Hellebarde, deriving from Middle High German halm (handle) and barte (battleaxe) joint to helmbarte. Troops that used the weapon are called halberdiers.
The halberd consists of an axe blade topped with a spike mounted on a long shaft. It always has a hook or thorn on the back side of the axe blade for grappling mounted combatants. It is very similar to certain forms of the voulge in design and usage. The halberd was usually 1.5 to 1.8 metres (5 to 6 feet) long
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