German State Halberd of the Guard of the Emperor Ferdinand I 

  • Dated: 1563
  • Measurements: head length 52.9 cm. Overall length 223.2 cm

The head features a broad central spike formed with a medial ridge, rear fluke cut with wavy edges about the base, while the axe-blade comes with cusped back edges. There is an open socket extending to form a pair of long straps and they feature a pair of subsidiary straps fitted at the left- and right-hand sides.

Each face of the head is decorated with etched panels of foliage, involving the date “1563” on the fluke, while the axe-blade is bearing the arms of The Holy Roman Empire quartered with those of Austria and Burgundy and encircled by the collar of The Order of The Golden Fleece.

The Imperial crown sits above, flanked by the cipher “KF” for Kaiser Ferdinand. Thee date, the collar and the crown all comes with traces of original gilding and they are all on a contrasting etched stippled and blackened ground.

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Trabant Halberd (Alabarda da Trabante)

  • Dated: 1600
  • Culture: Italy
  • Measurements: total length 250cm

Infantry soldier halberd “à la Lanterne”, with circumferentially placed grotesque masks, perforated, crescent-shaped ax blade, and also pierced hooks tear. It presents octagonal spout with baluster stem with long feathers. All parts come with etched scrollwork. It has a shaft carved with brass nail-studded and an iron shoe. Hardware spotted something.

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European Halberd

  • Dated: early 17th century
  • Culture: German
  • Measurements: height 242 cm

The halberd has a cusp of square section, hollow axe slightly counter-curved at the upper part that is decorated with open-works. The weapon also features long humps at the back, and a straight beak thickened at the tip with ring-nut, straps and counter-straps and an octagonal, wooden haft.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Czerny’s International Auction House S.R.L.

White couple gives birth to black triplets, write Washington Post op-ed to explain why

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Halbert and his wife who is also white gave birth to triplets on Sunday.
The couple already has two other black children, whom they adopted several years ago.
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