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Dean Castle Arms and Armour

Pole Arms and Melee Weapons

War hammer

Period:
15th Century
Description:

War hammers were used as a close-combat weapon during the medieval period. They likely gained prominence as a response to plate armour: where swords could ricochet off helmets and armour, hammers could deliver full-impact blows to concuss the opponent and pierce their armour. The wooden pole of this object is etched on one side with an 'S', and on the other side, the Masonic symbol.

Place of Production:
Switzerland
Dimensions:
Full length: 196cm
Source:
Dean Castle
Digital Number:
RI_DC_0000544
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council


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