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Gabriele A. Pini




Location: Olgiate Comasco, Como
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PostPosted: Mon 29 Mar, 2010 11:50 pm    Post subject: Help identifying polearm         Reply with quote

The president of my company found this polearm in a flea-market, any idea about it? It is long about 40 cm and thick more than 5mm. Tha blade isn't sharpened and doesn't have any sign of wear or scratches, so I think it's a cerimonial weapon or a decoration.

The socket has a small hole, 2cm wide, and thick "walls".



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Gabriele C.




Location: Roma,Italia
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PostPosted: Tue 30 Mar, 2010 12:16 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It's a cerimonial glaive (XVIII sec.), probably from Venezia. Lots of noblemen and important palaces in Italy had guards armed with similar weapons (most to impress) until the beginning of XIX century.
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Stephane Rabier




Location: Brittany
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PostPosted: Tue 30 Mar, 2010 1:36 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi,
they were still in use in France in the 50's by the "church Swiss" during the Catholic ceremonies.
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Gert-Jan Beukers




Location: Voorhout, The Netherlands
Joined: 02 Mar 2009

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PostPosted: Wed 31 Mar, 2010 1:36 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Stephane Rabier wrote:
Hi,
they were still in use in France in the 50's by the "church Swiss" during the Catholic ceremonies.


aren't they still in use by the swiss guard in the vatican?

Correct me if I'm wrong.... I'm dutch
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