Rare Swiss Halberd
- Dated: circa 1663-81
- Measurements: Head 36 cm. Overall length 216 cm
- Provenance: Almost certainly the Kanton Arsenal, Zurich. The arsenal inventories record in 1663 an order for two-hundred halberds from “Meister Lampert Koller, dem Schmied zu Würenlos”
The halbert is forged in Zurich type, of so-called Sempach type and features its maker’s mark of Lemprecht or Lambert Koller. The head is formed with a triangular central spike tapering to a strongly reinforced point.
It has an angular axe-blade with slightly curved cutting-edge and faceted short socket extending to form a pair of long straps. Each are retained by five nails fixed on a 19th century octagonal wooden haft with fragments of an inventory label.
Source: © Hermann Historica