Info Favorites Register Log in
myArmoury.com Discussion Forums

Forum index Memberlist Usergroups Spotlight Topics Search
Forum Index > Historical Arms Talk > Warhammer design from beginning of Hundred Years War? Reply to topic
This is a standard topic  
Author Message
Scott Kowalski




Location: Oak Lawn, IL USA
Joined: 24 Nov 2006

Posts: 818

PostPosted: Sun 04 Feb, 2007 1:25 pm    Post subject: Warhammer design from beginning of Hundred Years War?         Reply with quote

I have searched both this site and SFI and cannot seem to find an answer to this question. I also apologize in advance if this is in the wrong area.

What would a warhammer from the beginning of the Hundred Years War look like? Pecifically the time spanning from The Battle of Crecy to the Battle of Poiter? Similar to the A&A Warhammer in the Reviews Section? Vastly different from the design of the aforementioned warhammer? If anyone has any sources or pictures they can provide it would be appreciated. Also anyone currently making a warhammer that would fit this time period would be interested.
View user's profile Send private message
Maciej Cierkosz




Location: Opole, Poland
Joined: 04 Feb 2007

Posts: 13

PostPosted: Sun 04 Feb, 2007 1:37 pm    Post subject: Warhammer         Reply with quote

Here are some warhammers raging from half of XIV century to the beginning of XV century. Unfortunately I don`t have a full description of this (I balieve it is a scan from "Tracht der Waffen"), so I can`t exactly tell You on what findings/illuminations, and from what year are those warhammers based...:/
Si sapis sis Apis
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Richard Fay




Location: Upstate New York
Joined: 29 Sep 2006
Reading list: 256 books

Spotlight topics: 2
Posts: 782

PostPosted: Sun 04 Feb, 2007 3:40 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hello all!

The plate posted above is featured in Medieval Costume, Armour and Weapons by Eduard Wagner, Zoroslava Drobna and Jan Durdik. It's plate 16 of part V. Here's what the caption says:
Eduard Wagner, et al wrote:

War-hammers. (1) A war-hammer from the painting by the Master of the Trebon altar-piece, "Christ on the Mount of Olives", dating from 1389 (Matejcek, pl. 88). (2) A war-hammer from the Trebon church of St. Barbara painting of the Crucifixion (ibid., pl. 114), now in the Prague National Gallery. (3) From the Skalice Crucifixion, now in the Prague National Gallery (ibid., pl. 239). (4) A Lucerne war-hammer of the late 14th century (Boeheim, p. 364, pl. 430). (5) A French war-hammer dating from 1350 (Boeheim, p. 364, pl. 429). (6-7) 14th century war-hammers (Die Geschichte der Franzosischen Armee, p. 76). (8) A war-hammer dating from the first half of the 15th century (European Armour, III, p. 88, pl. 873). (9) A war-hammer (a parrot's beak), probably of the 14th century (K. Gimbel, no. 605, p. 40). Zschille places this hammer in the middle of the 16th century: p. 899, pl. 194. (10) A French lead mallet, with an iron grip on the haft, about 150 cm long (Boeheim, p. 364, pl. 428). Dated 1495...


If these dates are correct, number 5 could have been used during the opening phases of the Hundred Years War. So might numbers 6-7, depending upon when they were used in the 14th century.

I hope this helped!

Stay safe!

"I'm going to do what the warriors of old did! I'm going to recite poetry!"
Prince Andrew of Armar
View user's profile
Richard Fay




Location: Upstate New York
Joined: 29 Sep 2006
Reading list: 256 books

Spotlight topics: 2
Posts: 782

PostPosted: Sun 04 Feb, 2007 3:59 pm    Post subject: War Hammer of Francesco Da Carrara         Reply with quote

Hello again!

This is obviously a bit later than Crecy or Poitiers, but the war hammer of Francesco Da Carrara, the one with the head carved in the shape of a dragon, and which was replicated by Arms & Armour, is dated to about 1380. This is the date given in both Mediaeval Arms And Armour by Francesco Rossi and The Complete Encyclopedia of Arms & Weapons, edited by Leonid Tarassuk and Claude Blair.

In the entry about war hammers in The Complete Encyclopedia of Arms & Weapons, it states that foot soldiers used war hammers of a simple shape from no later than the 13th century, The heads were of iron or lead and mounted on a long shaft about 7 ft. 2 m long. The head was often topped by a spike. A shorter-hafted version was wielded in one hand by mounted warriors from the mid 13th century. This often did not have the top spike. There was also a throwing hammer used from the 14th to the early 16th centuries. There was a thread about this a while ago.

Stay safe!

"I'm going to do what the warriors of old did! I'm going to recite poetry!"
Prince Andrew of Armar
View user's profile
Scott Kowalski




Location: Oak Lawn, IL USA
Joined: 24 Nov 2006

Posts: 818

PostPosted: Sun 04 Feb, 2007 6:57 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Maciej, Thank you very much for the illustration. That is exactly what I was looking for.

Richard, Thank you for providing the key to the illustration.

Of course, the hammer I like best , #8, is to late for the period I am looking at. Though #6 is quite similar only really missing the top spike. I will do some more searching around to see what is out there of course.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a manufacturer of a decent working model now? Something else to look around for I guess. Keeps me out of trouble at least.
View user's profile Send private message
Richard Fay




Location: Upstate New York
Joined: 29 Sep 2006
Reading list: 256 books

Spotlight topics: 2
Posts: 782

PostPosted: Mon 05 Feb, 2007 4:17 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Scott Kowalski wrote:
Does anyone have any recommendations for a manufacturer of a decent working model now? Something else to look around for I guess. Keeps me out of trouble at least.


Scott,

Museum Replicas has made some war hammers over the years. I'm not sure any were specifically appropriate for the fourteenth century, but some may loosely pas for a war hammer of that time. I have their foot soldier's war hammer, sort of a "bastard" war hammer; not quite as large as the typical two-handed war hammer, but larger than a typical one-hander. I'm not sure if there is any historical precedent for this design, but it's a fairly wieldy weapon in two hands, but with a more substantial head than you might encounter on a one-handed hammer. Mine is of decent quality, and the wood seems to be ash or some other hardwood. However, mine is an older model, and I've heard some negative reports about the wood they use in their more recent hafted weapons.

If you dislike MRL, or are leery about their quality, you did mention the fact that Arms & Armor had one.

I hope this helped!

"I'm going to do what the warriors of old did! I'm going to recite poetry!"
Prince Andrew of Armar
View user's profile


Display posts from previous:   
Forum Index > Historical Arms Talk > Warhammer design from beginning of Hundred Years War?
Page 1 of 1 Reply to topic
All times are GMT - 8 Hours

View previous topic :: View next topic
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You can download files in this forum






All contents © Copyright 2003-2022 myArmoury.com — All rights reserved
Discussion forums powered by phpBB © The phpBB Group
Switch to the Basic Low-bandwidth Version of the forum