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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]


I received the sword and belt this afternoon. Always a bit of a risk buying this sort of thing online but I'm very pleased with the quality of the sword and scabbard...

P R, UK, 28.08.2014

The pommel arrived safely today... It's a nice little object and really quite tactile... As usual, it was a pleasure to do business with you and I look forward to finding something else in your stock to tempt me.

J M, UK, 09.05.2009