German State Halberd of the Guard of the Emperor Ferdinand I 

  • Dated: 1563
  • Measurements: head length 52.9 cm. Overall length 223.2 cm

The head features a broad central spike formed with a medial ridge, rear fluke cut with wavy edges about the base, while the axe-blade comes with cusped back edges. There is an open socket extending to form a pair of long straps and they feature a pair of subsidiary straps fitted at the left- and right-hand sides.

Each face of the head is decorated with etched panels of foliage, involving the date “1563” on the fluke, while the axe-blade is bearing the arms of The Holy Roman Empire quartered with those of Austria and Burgundy and encircled by the collar of The Order of The Golden Fleece.

The Imperial crown sits above, flanked by the cipher “KF” for Kaiser Ferdinand. Thee date, the collar and the crown all comes with traces of original gilding and they are all on a contrasting etched stippled and blackened ground.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Hermann Historica

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