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Title Great axe head (Peasants' Revolt)
Nationality German
Period c 1525
Price £400.00

This is a typical fighting axe of the type used in the Peasants' Revolt of 1525 by both sides, the Imperial troops and the Bundschuh peasants' movement. Even Martin Luther had to lend his support to suppress the revolt, which threatened the entire tranquility of the Rhineland, in particular, but also spread to Bavaria and Austria.

It measures 17 inches long and it weighs about 3 lbs. The derivation is from the Great Axe of the Middle Ages, but it also perhaps has certain similarities with the Doloire or waggoner's axe of the same period. However, this is clearly a fighting axe by virtue of the full half moon shape, something not found on agricultural use axes. These types of axes normally only turn up in Germany and Austria, sometimes found in castles. However, they are fairly rare, as distinct from the waggoner's axe on a ratio of something like 10:1.

One side has suffered rather more than the other with pitting, there being a fairly severe patch of it up towards the point. The other side is in remarkable condition for its age. There are striations visible at various points and you can see the lap weld construction of the pole socket to the axe itself.

I have had a simulacrum ash shaft made, about 5 foot long, but it can only be picked up by arrangement in London, since it is too long to post.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.


[Edged Weapons : Polearms : German : 16th Century]

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[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

Dear Chris, truncheon arrived safe and sound yesterday... what a beauty! I look forward to our next transaction.

C C, Australia, 18.09.2012

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