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Hal Levine





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PostPosted: Wed 02 Mar, 2011 11:18 am    Post subject: How do I determine the age/value of this halberd         Reply with quote

Found in attic. Is it a valueble antique or a rusty 8th grade shop project?


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Allan Senefelder
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PostPosted: Wed 02 Mar, 2011 12:13 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Some close up photos with a bit better light would be of help. It is or is meant to be a pole arm that appears to exhibit traits of both late partizans and late halberds. I can make out the remains of one langet but cannot tell from the photo if the other is there.
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Hal Levine





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PostPosted: Wed 02 Mar, 2011 1:13 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I have way better close ups and will attach them now. Hope you can help. Liike I said I dont have any idea if it is a truly valueable antique or a 30 year old rusty theater prop. Thanks in advance for your input.
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E.B. Erickson
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PostPosted: Thu 03 Mar, 2011 4:24 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Looks like it's from the early 1700s, with a repaired blade. Note what appears to be a lap weld where the blade joins the base with its curved arms. The socket seems OK construction-wise for an antique partisan.

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Ken Nelson




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PostPosted: Sat 19 Mar, 2011 8:02 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I would agree that the blade has been forge-welded on with a lap weld. Two points really stick out for that, the blade has oxidized a different color than the base, which leads me to thing they are different steels, and the seam of teh weld curves to the point on one side and to the socket on the other. Unfortunately, it is difficult to determine just how the socket is welded to the base, as it seems there are remains of paint (lacquer?) or a layer of goethite hiding the weld seam.
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