French Halberd


Physical Description

Forged steel with leather-wrapped wooden handle.

General History

The halberd was a versatile pole arm developed as an infantry weapon in the 13th century. It has an ax-like blade and a steel spike mounted on the end of a long shaft. By the time of the Seven Years War it was carried by sergeants as a symbol of rank and authority.

Place Made: FranceAssociated Place: Europe

Related Event: Revolution and the New Nation


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Exhibition: Price of Freedom

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Dr. John Oliver La Gorce

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AF.66750MCatalog Number: 66750MAccession Number: 229198

Object Name: halberdOther Terms: halberd; Edged Weapons

Physical Description: metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 32 1/2 in x 12 in x 2 in; 82.55 cm x 30.48 cm x 5.08 cm


Record Id: nmah_436928

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