State Halberd of the Trebanten Guard of Christian I, Prince Elector of Saxony
- Dated: circa 1586-91
- Culture: German
The halberd features a long, two-edged, strongly ridged spike with a blade with a re-curved edge. The down-curving fluke has a reinforced point, while the ancillary flukes spring from its neck to shape the whole as a fleur-de-lys. There is also a round-section socket with mouldings at either end coming from the lower of which spring four haft-langets and secured to the haft by dome-headed rivets. The haft-langets are etched with panels of foliate decoration.
The head is 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, there’s the Arms of the Arch-Marshal of the Holy Roman Empire (per fess sable and argent, two swords in saltire), while on the other side, lies the arms of Saxony (barry of ten sable and or, a crown of rue in bend vert).
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