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fernando 22nd March 2013 04:25 PM

A French halberd head ?
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I was offered this one. Acquired in France. Had a look to Newmann's and other assorted publications and inferred this would be a French
halberd/partizan head. The socket was a poor replacement; i took it off right away.
What do you guys say about this thing ?


A Senefelder 22nd March 2013 04:47 PM

Fernando, this is an offhand observation only, the chiselwork decoration at the base of the head around where the tines are reminds me of the decorations i've seen on late 19th/early 20th century Afghan axeheads and spears.

fernando 22nd March 2013 07:01 PM

Not so offhand, Allan,
To tell you the truth, i was divided into posting this piece in the Ethno section or in here.
The decoration also looks Eastern to me but, somehow, i was influenced by the (French looking ?) extensions and by the fact that it was acquired in France.
Will copy this thread to the Ethno Forum.

fernando 23rd March 2013 01:33 PM

Not even a guess in the Ethno Forum ? :confused:

katana 23rd March 2013 03:29 PM

Hi 'Nando,
my impression is the decoration could be African / Arabic.(France held much of the west of Africa including Morocco and Algeria). Perhaps a colonial piece adopted/captured by locals and decorated to local taste ?

Kind Regards David

fernando 24th March 2013 01:27 PM

Thank you David; most acceptable suggestion :) .

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