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Offline Tizzy77

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Identification of find. Halberd or poleaxe??
« on: July 27, 2016, 04:35:16 PM »
Hi can anybody help me to identify or date this item.   Found in wet bogland.  I think it is a poleaxe head or halberd but unsure.   It is still attached to a snapped end of a wooden shaft approx 2"  in diameter and is riveted through.  Condition isnt too good...laminated layers of rusting and the points are a bit bent.  Is this some kind of poleaxe or halberd?  It seems quite crude...and made from plate metal.  I will add some better photos.
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Re: Identification of find. Halberd or poleaxe??
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2016, 10:54:06 PM »
This really does look like an incredible find!!! My immediate concern is conservation, is the wood or metal actively deteriorating or does it seem stable?

I have posted links to this thread on our twitter and Facebook, hopefully someone will be able to date it!!!!

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Re: Identification of find. Halberd or poleaxe??
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2016, 10:55:22 PM »
Forgot to say please do add more photos, the more information we have the better!

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Re: Identification of find. Halberd or poleaxe??
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2016, 11:02:36 AM »
Hi, thanks for the reply, it is in stable condition beneath the rust and lamination.  It measures almost 2 foot in length and 10" across.  We haven't tried to clean it up.   

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Re: Identification of find. Halberd or poleaxe??
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2016, 11:08:44 AM »
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Re: Identification of find. Halberd or poleaxe??
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2016, 11:14:55 AM »
The wood is  also firm and stable, just snapped shank. Rivets are still tight and firmly in place.

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Re: Identification of find. Halberd or poleaxe??
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2016, 02:57:04 PM »
Fantastic! Thanks for the extra photos! I am still posting links to this thread from various places, trying to find a weapons expert!