London, South Kensington
18 June 2009
A CONTINENTAL ETCHED STATE HALBERD, PROBABLY NORTH ITALIAN
EARLY 18TH CENTURY
With spike of diamond section pierced with transverse holes at the neck, rear fluke and axe-blade each of separate construction, the former of stiff-diamond section, moulded socket with straps, etched with foliage, and the axe-blade etched with a coat-of-arms and the coronet of a Count, on a wooden haft
23¼in (59cm) head
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