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Gabriele A. Pini




Location: Olgiate Comasco, Como
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PostPosted: Sun 29 Nov, 2009 11:48 am    Post subject: Identify this "alabard"         Reply with quote

I've found this in a flea market (but I didn't buy it)...

I rather doubt that it was even thinked as a weapon, but it's my first find of this type outside the normal vendors.
Any idea?

It is covered with a heavy wrought-iron-like paint, roughly 60 cm of length.

Thanks to all



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Allan Senefelder
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Location: Upstate NY
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PostPosted: Sun 29 Nov, 2009 12:04 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The method of construction ( the blade is a seperate piece run through the middle and riveted into place ) was used here in the Americas in the 18th century for the manufacture of halberds for sergents. I've seen half a dozen or so made that way. It appears as if there is an intentional forged look to it, I would guess probably victorian.
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Stephane Rabier




Location: Brittany
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PostPosted: Mon 30 Nov, 2009 1:19 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi,
I know in France at least, during the XIXth and early XXth centuries a "suisse" holding a halberd was part of all the important (catholic) ceremonies: processions, funerals, etc.


Sometimes I 've seen some of those halberds on flea markets and they looked pretty much like yours.
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