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Dean Castle Arms and Armour

Pole Arms and Melee Weapons

Swiss halberd 1


Halberds such as this late 16th century Swiss example are two-handed polearm weapons that came into prominent use between the 14th and 16th centuries. Halberds consist of an axe blade topped with a long spike and pointed beak at the rear of the blade.  Its versatility in battle made it a popular choice for arming infantrymen on the field: it has a concave blade for cutting, spike for thrusting and a beak to be used for grappling with calvalry.

Full length: 220cm; Head: 75cm
Dean Castle
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East Ayrshire Council

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