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Dean Castle Arms and Armour

Pole Arms and Melee Weapons

Swiss halberd 3

Description:

Halberds such as this Early Modern 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.



Materials/Media:
234cm
Source:
Dean Castle
Digital Number:
RI_DC_0000234
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council