Allen Antiques

These are the Polearms in the Allen study collection.
German or Swiss Halbard

German or Swiss Halbard circa 1480-1500

Long, straight blade, wide mostly flat point and strong rear hook. Struck on both sides with an orb. 2 long, well formed straps. Complete with half of the original shaft. Formerly in the Marzoli collection.

Not for sale.

Pike

Pike 15th/16th century

Pike. Recently obtained directly from the Luzern Zeughaus (arsenal), thispike has been in storage and periodic use there since the late 15th/early 16th Century. Shows hand forging and lamination, with square/diamond section point, round ferrule, and side straps xx inches long. It is mounted on a hand-hewn tapering round-section arsenal shaft of ash, which is old and original to the period of use. It was common for the arsenals to periodically replace polearm shafts as they showed signs of damage or rot, so it is virtually impossible to determine the age of a polearm shaft. This is certainly not a museum or collector replacement. Markings were also added at various times. Most of the shafts are marked on their lower end with a stamped “LUZERN” mark of varying forms. All show storage and handling marks and some have scattered worming, but all are fully sound and serviceable. Some shafts stamped “CL” on ends (likely an abbreviation for “Canton Luzern”) and some have painted inventory numbers. Pikes of this exact style and description are pictured and described in Katalog der Waffen-Sammlung im Zeughause zu Solothurn, by Dr. Rudolph Wegeli, published 1905. Some even bear the same star or boot-shaped maker’s marks, as well as a horseshoe mark with two points above. Pikes of this type are also described in “Katalog der Historischen Sammlungen im Rathause in Luzern”, a published inventory of weapons in the Luzern Zeughaus. It is extremely rare to find a group of historical weapons of this age from their original source with no alterations. While pikes were common in the 16th and 17th Centuries, very few now survive in their full length.Overall lengths vary between 14" 1"" to 15" 4"", most being just over 15 feet. Metal is forged iron and length varies between 20"" and 35"", with side straps set in hand cut dados in the shaft. Straps fastened with iron head nails from the period of the shafts, but some are later replacements. With star maker"s mark. Maker"s marks appear on a very small number of polearms (app. 10% in this group). LZ-09, 15"1"", 4 1/2"" blade, 6"" head, 17 3/4"" straps. Star mark stamped into the blade.

Not for sale.

German Halbard

German Halbard mid 16th

diamond shaped spike. Long, straight blade and down-turned rear fluke. Top and bottom of the blade decorated with half-round notches. Top of fluke decorated with larger sem-circular notches. Fluke pierced with 3 holes. Blade pierced with 6 holes and a larger trefoil. 2 long original straps. Working life shaft with decorative studs. Ex Bischoff collection

Not for sale.

Halberd

Halberd early-mid 16th century

Halbard. German or Swiss. Long spike of stiff diamond section, axe blade with slightly curved cutting-edge and pierced with a central quatre-foil and a triangular set of holes above and below. Fluke pierced with a trefoil with elongated stalk. . With decorative cusps on the fluke and some on the blade. Head terminates as 2 long straps secured to the sides of an old haft. Head 35 1/4 in. long from the point to the base of the socket.

Not for sale.

Halberd

Halberd early-mid 16th century

Halbard. German or Swiss. Long spike of stiff diamond section, axe blade with slightly curved cutting-edge and pierced with a central quatrefoiland. fluke also pierced with a quatrefoil. With decorative cusps on the fluke and some on the blade. Head terminates as 2 long straps secured to the sides of an original haft. Stamped with an anchor on the fluke. Head 34 1/2 in. long from the point to the base of the socket.

Not for sale.

German Halbard

German Halbard late 16th

diamond shaped spike. curved blade. All 4 original straps. Original haft (shortened and restored). Ex Bischoff collection

Not for sale.

German Halbard

German Halbard late 16th c.

very long diamond shaped spike. Concave half-moon shaped blade and down-curved rear fluke. Fluke and blade decorated with round piercings. 2 side straps forming part of the head and 2 additional straps covering the front and back of the shaft. Rectangular retaining ring at the base of the socket. Decorative washer on the top securing rivet in the head. App. half of the shaft is original, remainder a good replacement. Ex Bischoff Collection

Not for sale.

Italian Roncone

Italian Roncone late 16th

Pitted surface. Cleaned. Strong spike of square cross-section. Narrow rear spike also of square cross section. Blade decorated with incised crescents, curved marks and triangles between parallel lines from the base to the rear spike (rubbed). Marked with a trefoil formed of a tapered dash and 3 punch marks. All of the front edges sharpened (including both the inside and outside of the hook). Upper half of the rear edge also sharpened. Rectangular socket with short straps on the front and back sides. 28 1/2 inches long to the base of the socket. 5 inch straps.

Not for sale.

German Etched Halbard

German Etched Halbard late 16th century

Leaf-shaped blade formed with a strong medial ridge, small axe-blade, rear fluke struck with a mark, faceted socket, and decorated over its full surface with strapwork interlace on a ground of spiral scrollwork. Patches of heavy wear, the haft and straps replaced.

Not for sale.

German Etched Halbard

German Etched Halbard late 16th century

Leaf-shaped blade formed with a strong medial ridge, small S-shaped axe-blade, rear fluke struck with a mark, faceted socket, and decorated over its full surface with panels of scrolling foliage involving large flower-heads, the central blade decorated with soldiers in contemporary dress, the socket etched with the letters "LZ". Etching rubbed, haft replaced. Blade repaired.

Not for sale.

Halbard

Halbard circa 1590

diamond shaped spike. curved blade. 2 straps. Mark of Claus Lerchli - Kempten. Identified makers"s marks are very rare on polearms. short shaft replaced.

Not for sale.

Military Spear

Military Spear 16th century

Military spear with long triangular blade, the socket applied with a pair of later lugs.

Not for sale.

Partizan

Partizan 16th/17th century

Partizan with long head with full-length ridge and small basal lugs.

Not for sale.

Halbard

Halbard 16th/17th century

Military halbard of early regulation type.

Not for sale.

Spear

Spear 16th/17th century

Military spear with flat diamond-shaped small head on a slender socketed shank.

Not for sale.

Partizan

Partizan 16th/17th century

Small military partizan.

Not for sale.

Italian Parade Halbard

Italian Parade Halbard circa 1600

The head formed with a slender central spike encircled by a cage of moulded bars at the base, slender crescentric axe-blade, angular rear fluke, open socket extending to a pair of straps, and retaining traces of punched and engraved design. On its original octagonal shaft with remains of velvet at the top and small studs sprinkled along the shaft.

Not for sale.

Italian Halbard

Italian Halbard 1st half 17th c.

long diamond shaped spike. Narrow half-moon shaped blade and down-turned fluke. Full socket extending to form 2 long straps inset into round shaft.

Not for sale.

Halbard

Halbard early 17th century

Probably German, the head incorporating a slender long spike, and the axe-blade and fluke each formed with a pair of recurved projections at the rear. Two straps covering part of the front and back of the haft. On a later round haft. Similar to item W-31.

Not for sale.



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