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M Hermes




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PostPosted: Sat 27 Jun, 2015 12:11 pm    Post subject: Sempach halberd         Reply with quote

Hi, someone offered me this halberd. Whats the opinion overhere, 19e century replica or the real thing?


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Pieter B.





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PostPosted: Sat 27 Jun, 2015 12:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Sempach halberd         Reply with quote

M Hermes wrote:
Hi, someone offered me this halberd. Whats the opinion overhere, 19e century replica or the real thing?


It's not from before 1500 for sure.

So it's not from the battle of Sempach.
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M Hermes




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PostPosted: Sat 27 Jun, 2015 12:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Sempach halberd         Reply with quote

Pieter B. wrote:
M Hermes wrote:
Hi, someone offered me this halberd. Whats the opinion overhere, 19e century replica or the real thing?


It's not from before 1500 for sure.

So it's not from the battle of Sempach.


Thanks! I tought that this is called a "sempach type" halberd?
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Mark Lewis





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PostPosted: Sat 27 Jun, 2015 1:36 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Many of the genuine "Sempach type" halberds were actually made in the 17th century for city armouries, but in an archaic style for that time.
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Casey S.




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PostPosted: Sat 27 Jun, 2015 9:40 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I vote 19th or 20th century based off the squared off terminal area for the haft.
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John Hardy




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PostPosted: Sat 27 Jun, 2015 10:36 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I think that one may have been made by Del Tin in the 1990s. You can see a very similar Del Tin in Hank Reinhardt's estate collection here: [url]http://www.hankreinhardt.com/Sale/Pole arms/pole arms 251.htm[/url]

I believe it is a prototype for one Hank planned to sell at Museum Replicas. As you can see, it is identical to yours except that the cutout cross has a slightly longer foot, and it's burnished bright instead of being patinated.
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E.B. Erickson
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PostPosted: Sun 28 Jun, 2015 8:48 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Something that can help identify modern repros of these Sempach type halberds is their weight. The modern ones are generally way too heavy; I've seen some modern repros where the heads weighed between 2-3 pounds.

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M Hermes




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PostPosted: Mon 29 Jun, 2015 6:49 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I visit the seller today, a replica indeed. The shaft was marked "made in Spain" haha. Thanks for your comments.
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