Very Rare 16-17th C. Russian Imperial Guard's Berdiche Polearm Axe Halberd Sword
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Very Rare 16-17th C. Russian Imperial Guard's Berdiche Polearm Axe Halberd Sword:
From the reign era of one of the most famed Russian tzars Ivan the Terrible, this impressive Berdiche polearm was widely used by Imperial and palace guards throughout the 16th to early 18th century, wearing a distinctively shaped axe style head which allows it to be used as a percussion as well as the thrusting weapon. Solid steel head with pierced halls along the back edge and showing extensive hand-forging laminations and hammer strikes with areas of fine age pitting throughout, one side bearing well preserved struck maker's and possibly arsenal markings. Mounted on a strong wooden staff, showing good age and patina but possibly a later era replacement. Very rare and early Russian weapon, frequently met in reference books and museum exhibits, rarely offered for sale. overall 75 1/2" blade's length 22 1/2".Please note that the seemingly high shippingchargesin our sales are often lower than the actual cost of the shipping, andAlways include aFull Value insurance onEvery item.