Apr 24, 2020

Battle Axe

Battle Axe

late 1500s

Steel, inset with copper rosette

Blade: 8.3 cm (3 1/4 in.); Head: 27.3 cm (10 3/4 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1599

Location

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The haft or wooden handle of this axe is missing.

Description

The axe has been a favorite weapon in Europe for as long as armor has been worn. Although it was useful as a simple tool for chopping, battle axes could become a way of expressing personal style. They could be decorated and embellished without impeding their function. Inset into this axe head is a copper rosette.

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