Circa 1580 Italian, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (14.25.465)
Overall length: ~56.5"
Head length: 8.5"
Top spike: 4.75"
Weight: ~4.6 pounds
An elegant pole weapon modeled after a 16th Century Italian example in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The original hammer is a very nice high status piece that we have reproduced the style of, but with an eye to the finished item being affordable.
The decorative features of this piece would have been a way of demonstrating your wealth and good taste in the tournament list. One would want to show their ability to afford a nice stylish weapon to all who attended the spectacle of a tournament. The animal head grasping the back spike in its mouth and the fluted features are all decorative elements seen in many of the nicest pieces from this period. The powerful back spike and pronged hammer face would be a challenge for the armor of the opposing knight.
The three-pronged hammer face is integral with the stout fluted top spike and faceted back spike. The stepped langets cover the sides of the hardwood haft and are set with rivets.
Note: As a long hafted wooden handled weapon there will be variations in the straightness of the haft. Wood is a natural material that will vary and adjust shape due to climate conditions and use. We strive to mount our poleaxe with solid wood of good quality making the hafts as straight as we can at the time of assembly. Just like the originals though there will be some variation.
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