A NETHERLANDISH PARADE HALBERD, circa 1590-1600
PRICE BRACKET: £5,000 - £10,000
With central spike, transverse lug, the neck enclosed at both ends with a pair of openwork collars each formed as a series of raised bands chiselled with human masks in low relief. With tubular socket extending to form iron straps. Large slender crescent shaped blade pierced and chiselled with scrolling marine monsters, the rear fluke pierced and chiselled en-suite and drawn out to a reinforced point on octagonal wood haft.