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Old 20th September 2017, 11:16 PM   #1
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Default Axehead for discussion

After lurking here around for some time now i am proud to present my first ancient weapon i purchased earlier this month

I would appreciate your comments and remarks about it.

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Old 20th September 2017, 11:21 PM   #2
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Old 21st September 2017, 05:03 PM   #3
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looks a bit new. uniform patination looks unusual. where did you get it from? any providence? can you post a picture looking down at the eye? i like it, no matter what age it is would look good re-hafted in a nice grainy wood like yew...
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Old 21st September 2017, 06:18 PM   #4
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How old to be ancient, Andi ? No corrosion, or other signs of age .
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Old 21st September 2017, 07:27 PM   #5
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I believe the patina etc of this axe head are as a result of modern "conservation" methods. I have seen several similar examples in recent times, and it could well be ancient.
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Old 22nd September 2017, 11:11 AM   #6
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It's so-called "Byzantine" battle axe.
Here is an excavated example from Crimea.
As for the discussed axe head, I'm not sure that it's authentic.
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Old 22nd September 2017, 01:42 PM   #7
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It's so-called "Byzantine" battle axe.
Here is an excavated example from Crimea.
As for the discussed axe head, I'm not sure that it's authentic.


Would this type of axe have been used by the Varangian guard?
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Old 22nd September 2017, 02:28 PM   #8
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Would this type of axe have been used by the Varangian guard?


I'm not sure.
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Old 22nd September 2017, 04:26 PM   #9
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@all Thank you for your input
It was sold to me as byzantine broad axe , modern cleaned and conserved, to me. So evgeny was spot on with his excavated example which looks very similar.
Its from a london collection which contained a lot of viking axeheads formed in the 1950s.

I have attached more pictures of the axehead. It seems as there is some black coating and then some kind of wax applied on top of it.
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Old 22nd September 2017, 09:25 PM   #10
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it shows a few more warts and booboos than the original photo, which is good. over 'conserved' and polished a bit too much if it is real. inside of the eye looks like what i'd expect in an old head w/o it's haft. not conserved as much.
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Old 23rd September 2017, 04:44 PM   #11
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Nice axe and a close match to Evgeny_K's example.

But I share the doubts about the age.
Apart from the lack of warts and wrinkles as has already been pointed out, the edges are too neat even chamfered in places. I'm unconvinced that any conservation would go that far or turn out that good on a roughly 800 year old axe.
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Old 28th September 2017, 10:36 AM   #12
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Thanks for your input guys. I thrust the coinoirseurship of the previous owner that its a real one. It was not much money involved but still it would annoy me of course if its a piece of historism from the 19 century or so.

Neitherless i have noted to myself not to purchase overconserved items next time.
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Old 29th September 2017, 07:27 PM   #13
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Sorry to say it looks like a good replica.
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Old 29th September 2017, 09:12 PM   #14
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Sorry, To me it looks like a modern piece,
if it was a conserved piece I do not think the angles would be so sharp, when removing the metal to bring the surface down to smooth all the definition of the piece would be lost
More pictures and angles of pictures would help define opinion though.

I have done a fair bit of restoration on items and to me to take a file or a grinder to a surface to remove blemishes would be many a bridge too far

Just my opinion we are all inviduals

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Old 29th September 2017, 09:38 PM   #15
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I will make some pictures tomorrow under daylight.

The contures of the axehead are indeed very clear after i looked at it again.
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Sorry for the delay guys. Here as promised more pictures from the replica? axe
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