African or Middle Eastern Halberd also known as a Polearm
Very rare African or Middle Eastern Halberd or Polearm. Most Polearms/Halberd have European origins which makes this one rarer. Very beautiful blade design, could be used for thrusting. slashing, or pulling/cutting making it both functional and ceremonial! The steel blade is wrapped at the shaft with wire which is in excellent condition, no fraying or unraveling. This item came from the same estate as the Hashshashin / Ismaili Assassin's Dagger we have listed. The multi colored wood shaft is similar to the Dagger so I feel they may have originated from the same region? If anyone can assist with any additional information on the age, origin or maker of the Halberd I would love to hear from you!
Here is a little information on Halberds from Wikipedia..."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 may come from the German words Halm (staff), and Barte (axe). In modern-day German, the weapon is called a Hellebarde. 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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