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Dean Castle Arms and Armour

Pole Arms and Melee Weapons

Swiss halberd 4

Period:
16th Century
Description:

Halberds are a two-handed polearm weapon with an axe blade topped by a long, slim thrusting spike and backed with a pointed beak that usually inclines towards the butt of the shaft, as in this example of the 16th century Swiss halberd. Its versatility in battle made it a popular choice for arming infantrymen on the field: it has a concave blade for cutting, and spike with a quadrangular section for thrusting with its beak able to be used for grappling with calvalry.

Place of Production:
Switzerland
Materials/Media:
Steel; wood
Dimensions:
L: 235cm
Source:
Dean Castle
Digital Number:
RI_DC_0000268
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council