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Old 13th October 2010, 04:18 PM   #29
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Hi 'Nando,

Great piece, this one!

Exactly, the style of the iron parts is influenced by the Italian late Renaissance taste, as is my piece, and the velvet covered haft is decorated in the Italian fashion. Maybe Pankraz Thaller also made these for Italian dealers and arsenals. There are hundreds of halberds by Thaller in the Graz arsenal but not a single one with a velvet covering, nor is one known in any other Austrian arsenal. That's why I believe your halberd could have been hafted in Northern Italy as Thaller probably only furnished the irons.

Ca. 1580, depending on the length of the spike, and very nice!

Could we please see the whole piece?

Best,
Michael
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