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David Gulas





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PostPosted: Mon 20 Sep, 2010 10:09 pm    Post subject: Crusader Axe         Reply with quote

I acquired this Axe in the Middle East. The handle is a reproduction; however I am interested in learning the origin of the Axe Head.

From the markings, it leads me to believe that it is from the Crusades. Any information would be appreciated.



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PostPosted: Mon 20 Sep, 2010 10:12 pm    Post subject: Another picture of the Axe         Reply with quote

Here is a close up of the Axe Head.


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PostPosted: Mon 20 Sep, 2010 11:47 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It's a moderately common Indo-Persian head. Most examples I've seen pics of are 19th century or modern (fake antiques), but the style has been around somewhat longer than that. The style of piercing is seen on recent ones, and I've seen that style of brass inlay on 18th and 19th century Indo-Persian stuff, so I don't see any reason to assume it's especially old.

If authentic, I'd guess 19th century, perhaps 18th. I don't know if this style goes back to the Crusades, but if it did, this wouldn't be a Crusader axe, but rather an anti-Crusader axe.

"In addition to being efficient, all pole arms were quite nice to look at." - Cherney Berg, A hideous history of weapons, Collier 1963.
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