Europe, Italy, Victorian era, ca. 19th century CE. A well-constructed war hammer with a lengthy wooden handle, a rectangular iron hand guard, an iron cap pommel with a bottom bulb, and a slender iron fastener bar with an additional iron belt loop. The head of this intimidating weapon consists of a mold-formed brass hammer face with four raised points, a thick spike extending from the opposite end, with a second spike projecting from the top. The iron fastener wraps around the top of the wooden shaft and hold the brass striking elements in place. War hammers were designed for close-quarters combat around the 14th and 15th centuries due to the invention and battlefield prevalence of hardened steel armor. The textured striking heads and sharpened spikes of the hammer ensured that even the most heavily-armored foe would be harmed or potentially killed when struck. A truly powerful weapon in the right hands! Size: 6" W x 26.75" H (15.2 cm x 67.9 cm).
Provenance: private Los Angeles County, California, USA collection
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