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Dave Spinnett




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PostPosted: Fri 18 Sep, 2015 4:34 pm    Post subject: Any ideas as to age and origin?         Reply with quote

Had in the family since before I was born. Don't know if its "real" or not, but seems like it. Any thoughts?




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Tyler Jordan





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PostPosted: Fri 18 Sep, 2015 6:27 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'm not an expert on polearms, but that's pretty clearly decorative, though that doesn't mean it isn't old.

Hope someone here can give you more info!
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Dave Spinnett




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PostPosted: Fri 18 Sep, 2015 7:18 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Tyler Jordan wrote:
I'm not an expert on polearms, but that's pretty clearly decorative, though that doesn't mean it isn't old.

Hope someone here can give you more info!


Thanks...
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PostPosted: Fri 18 Sep, 2015 9:45 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It doesn't look very much like a historical piece to me, more like a Victorian period decorative piece, or maybe an operatic stage prop ?

It could still be old but the design is sort of an odd mix of a Partisan spear head as a spike on a halberd head.

Maybe someone can confirm this with more precision ?

Does it have sharpened edges or does it look like it was never sharpened ?

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Shahril Dzulkifli




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PostPosted: Sat 19 Sep, 2015 9:46 pm    Post subject: Any ideas as to age and origin?         Reply with quote


It's very hard to guess whether this halberd is fake or not.

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Mart Shearer




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PostPosted: Sat 19 Sep, 2015 11:29 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The cusped edges on the back of the ax are fairly common on 18th and early 19th century Spanish halberds. Is it a tang inserted into the haft, rather than langets on the sides? Pierced blades aren't uncommon on halberds of that same time period, either.

The partisan-like spear point is distinctive. Both the French and Germans used the partisan (often referred to as a halberd) for sergeants into the early 18th century. Maybe a little design fusion going on?

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