About this artwork
Compared with the rugged pole arms of the previous century, used to pull down horsemen, this halberd is more delicate. The ax-head is little more than a crescent shape, and the pierced fluke or hook is mostly ornamental. Still, the central point remains a functional blade. Military officers would have used halberds like this to lead and press their men into formation.
- Made 1620–1650
- Steel, iron, and wood
- L. 214.6 cm (84 1/2 in.) Blade L. 47.5 cm (18 3/4 in.) Wt. 4 lb. 4 oz.
- George F. Harding Collection