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Title Belt axe head
Nationality European
Period 15th century
Price £95.00

This ground find is a typical camp or belt axe of the type carried by archers in the fighting during the Hundred Years War. It would have been used for small jobs around the camp. In the Balkans, these axes have turned up as ground finds on the Kosovo battlefield, where they would probably have been used by both sides in a similar way.

In the Balkans, these might also have been used as light cavalry axes against the Turks, who, with only their turbans to protect them, were vulnerable to this sort of instrument.

It measures about 13cm from the back of the socket to the leading edge. Its condition, as you would expect of a ground find, is heavily corroded, but all the essential shape is still there.

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


[Edged Weapons : Polearms : European : 15th Century]

testimonials

As always, I'm very happy with the purchase and it makes a nice addition to my small collection.

C S, UK, 04.05.2018

[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

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