20 September 2007
A FIGHTING AXE, CENTRAL OR EAST EUROPEAN; AND ANOTHER, PERHAPS SCANDINAVIAN
The first, the head 16th Century, the second, the head 14th Century
The first with narrow fluted head formed as a near parallelogram, with straight cutting edge drawn down to a very narrow basal point, and on a modern haft; the second in excavated condition, of 'bearded' form, and struck with a mark on one side (the socket broken out on one side, the haft modern).
The heads 8½in (21.6cm) and 6¼in (16cm) (2)
(The second) Karl Georg Gimbel, Rudolph Lepke, Baden-Baden, May 30-June 3, 1904, lot 674
Henry Griffith Keasbey, American Art Association, New York, November 27-28, 1925, lot 163
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
A near identical axe-head is in the Museums fur Deutsche Geschichte, Berlin (59.3493).
See Heinrich Müller, Europäische Hieb-und Stichwaffen, 1981, no.293.
VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 15% on the buyer's premium
Specialist Howard Dixon on what gets firearms collectors excited, from revolvers owned by famous criminals to classic sporting guns and exquisitely engraved Colts
Christie’s specialists discuss Haring, Banksy and Stik, and how to bring the street into the home
Offered on 6 December in London, Anthony van Dyck’s Portrait of Princess Mary, Daughter of King Charles I of England