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Old 6th June 2019, 02:59 PM   #1
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Default My polearm collection for your amusement

Someone from another forum advised I stop by here for antique weapon info.

Iíve been collecting polearms for almost a decade. Iíve purchased from retail, like Fagan Arms (ouch! My wallet!), auctions in the U.S., and most recently from Czernyís in Italy. Communication has been spotty with Czernyís and only half my auction winnings actually arrived, so... yeah.

Iím still learning the photo upload system, but I have attached photos as such in addition to linking to my hosting site:

My entryway with polearms displayed currently
Older photos showing closeups of some heads
Excess/extras in my umbrella stand, stacked in a corner
Closeups of newer ones that just arrived from Italy


I usually post on gun forums and I use firearms for scale, because everyone over there understands the scale. The pistol in these photos is a CZ75 for reference.

So far, the bulk of the collection is as such:

Lucerne Hammer, circa 1560, original wood
Partisan, likely 17th century
Halberd, munitions grade, blackened, low quality, late 16th c.
Voulge (I donít call it a bardiche, but I know why some would) 15th c.(?)
Glaive - very likely 19th/20th c. repro (leaned against wall)
Voulge - German, mid 15th c. - I suspect a Victorian repro (leaned against wall)
Boar spear (umbrella stand) - no supporting info
Halberd - still researching, animal figures/shapes (umbrella stand)
Fauchard (Glaive) - pictured with CZ75 - Northern Italy circa 1550
Lance - pictured with CZ75 - Italian, mid to late 15th century



I travel on business for weeks at a time and canít get better photos for now. I am a remote worker and limited to an iPad, so resizing and posting photos is an absolute chore.



I have two more polearms coming in from Italy soon... I hope. Iím dealing with Italians so anything can happen.

On my wish list is a spetum, batwing corseque, and I need to step up my halberd game. I have devised a new polearm display system to be installed after my $3300 lighting install, and I should be able to display 12-14 vertically, as opposed to half that as they are splayed out now.

Do let me know if you have any questions.

Iíve given up on embedding more photos in the post. Itís incredibly frustrating.

The last two, just purchased, as such:
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Old 7th June 2019, 08:23 AM   #2
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Nice collection! Thatís quite an armoury you have there. I stopped buying from Italy. You must have the patience of a saint.

The thing on the left in the third photo is a Swedish pike with guard m/1697 (they remained in issue until 19thC).
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Old 7th June 2019, 12:18 PM   #3
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Nice collection! Thatís quite an armoury you have there. I stopped buying from Italy. You must have the patience of a saint.

The thing on the left in the third photo is a Swedish pike with guard m/1697 (they remained in issue until 19thC).


Good eye! Yes, it is an m/1697. It was the second polearm I ever bought.

I know very little about them except that there are a lot of them on the market compared to other items.
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Old 7th June 2019, 01:33 PM   #4
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Welcome fellow AR15'er. Nice collection.
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Old 7th June 2019, 05:47 PM   #5
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Welcome to the forum Guy .Beautiful pieces you show us .
As per rules, we only consider pictures uploaded with our attachment features. To make it easy for you, the first ones you linked from photo hosts were deleted (by me) and reloaded accordingly, now appearing in the end of the thread.

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... And then i noticed that you posted the said images with both systems .
Post re-edited; all is well .

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Old 8th June 2019, 12:51 AM   #6
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Glad you joined! This place is a treasure of knowledge. Perhaps someone could chime in about the berdiche-looking weapon.

And that hammer is very interesting.
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Old 4th July 2019, 06:08 AM   #7
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A new shipment of polearms arrived, two from Italy and two halberds from Auctions Imperial. One halberd I quite like, the other one was a waste of money. I think itís real, it just has minimal... flavor.


Iíll shamelessly use auction photos for some.

Thereís a bardiche looking weapon that I really hesitate to call a bardiche. Iím going to continue to do research on it, as it certainly has the shape associated with early extant halberds and artistic renditions from the 13th-14th century. As we know from art examples, there was a range of one to three sockets, some some voulge-like examples with capped/long sockets, so attachment method, to me, takes a back seat to blade shape. But, as we know, there were some peasant weapons all the way through the 18th century that used this shape also. Most later examples, however, had a larger gap between blade and shaft.

Iíve enclosed a painting from the mid 13th century and an example of a 13th century halberd for comparison.

Additionally, I received what appears to be a mid-16th century corseque, although I typically call this a ranseur. Langets shorted, but otherwise a nice example.

Also attached is a rather petite but stout Swiss halberd, Iíd reckon mid to late 16th century. I rather like it, owing to the short and sturdy spike.

Also in view is a rather boring Swiss halberd, shortened haft.

Iím running out of space! Hopefully I will have a new gallery hanging system this summer.
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