Small parade axe

This object is a late 16th century ceremonial axe which would have been used for parades and other special occassions. It is made of steel and has a highly decorated haft and head. Rather than being used as a practical tool or weapon, an ornate parade axe such as this would have been used to signify power and authority as part of a soldier's dress uniform.   The axe has a fleur-de-lys design in the cheek of its head, with a slightly drooped pick emerging from the back of the axe butt. The axe haft is decorated with both geometric and leaf designs.
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Likely France
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East Ayrshire Council
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