Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 341: Two European Military Style Halberds

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,500 - $2,250

Two European Military Style Halberds

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Type: Other
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Catalog Page: 195
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1) 17th-18th Century European Military Officer's Style Halberd. Halberds such as this example saw prominent use on the battlefields of Europe from roughly the 14th century through the 16th century, slowly fading out of prominence with the introduction and adoption of the much longer pike as well as early firearms. Though it fell out of favor as a primary battle weapon, the halberd remained in service in many European armies well into the 19th century as a weapon of officers, particularly sergeants and other NCOs, who could use the polearms to control troop movements and formations. This example is of that more ceremonial purpose with an unsharpened lightweight axe blade and broad leaf shaped spear blade. It is mounted on a hardwood shaft with a cone-shaped iron butt cap. The overall length is 99 1/2 inches with an 18 inch blade. 2) 1841 Dated British Military Sergeant's Style Halberd. This example is marked with the "GR" royal cypher on the left of the blade over "1841". This cypher of King George would be incorrect for 1841, as the ruler would have been Queen Victoria, though the cypher and date may have been added at different times. The head of the halberd is otherwise of the standard sergeant’s pattern, and there is decorative gold cord fringe and green cloth near the base where it attaches to the shaft. It is 80 inches long overall with a 14 inch head.

Rating Definition:

1) Very good, the iron showing mostly a bright grey patina with some scattered patches of minor pitting and evidence of light cleaning. The shaft shows a heavy warp from age and otherwise mostly minor handling marks overall. 2) Fine, the iron showing mostly grey-brown patina with some minor pitting scattered throughout and clear inscription. The shaft is very good with some minor handling marks scattered throughout.

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