German Etched State Halberd of the Trebanten Guard of Christian I, Prince Elector of Saxony
- Dated: circa 1586-91
The elements of the head comprising: a long, two-edged, strongly ridged spike; a blade with a re-curved edge; a down-curving fluke with a reinforced point and with ancillary flukes springing from its neck to shape the whole as a fleur-de-lys. Also a round-section socket with mouldings at either end, from the lower of which spring four haft-langets, secured to the haft by dome-headed rivets; the haft-langets etched with panels of foliate decoration.
The head etched overall with polished foliage strapwork on a blackened stippled ground and, in the center of the blade on either side, with gilt cartouches comprising borders of scrolls and fleurs-de-lys enclosing ovals charged with the following Arms. On one side, the Arms of the Arch-Marshal of the Holy Roman Empire (per fess sable and argent, two swords in saltire or); on the other side the arms of Saxony (barry of ten sable and or, a crown of rue in bend vert).
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