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Title Gothic horseman's axehead
Nationality German
Period 15th century

This type of horseman's axe, mounted originally on an approximately 20-inch shaft, was that carried by the Teutonic Knights in their crusade against the Baltic pagans in the late 14th/early 15th centuries. It has two splendid armourer's marks at the junction of socket and blade. A truly rare find, especially with the marks.

This ground find has been a little overcleaned. However, the essential dimensions are still clearly visible, despite some damage to the edge and, from the points to the back of the shaft, the axehead measures approximately seven inches. It is now mounted on a stained wooden block.

The alleged provenance is that this came from the battlefield of Tannenberg (1410), the site of the defeat of the Teutonic Knights at the hands of the Poles.

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

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


The parcel has arrived - at the time you indicated.

The sword lives up to expectations and looks even better than on the website. The detail and etching is superb.

Thanks so much for your help and the extra information.

R P, UK, 27.02.2016

Many thanks for sending the Troddels to me. I was very pleased that they were in the fine condition that you described.

J G, UK, 24.05.2010