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Blade forged by Peter Schreckeisen, active Wald-Neukirchen, Upper Austria, 1568 - 1599

Made in Austria, Europe

c. 1577

Etched and partially blackened steel (Head); wood (Shaft)

Head: 12 x 24 1/2 inches (30.5 x 62.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 347, Arms and Armor, third floor (Kretzschmar von Kienbusch Galleries)

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Credit Line:
Bequest of Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch, 1977

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This halberd was made for an officer of the Styrian infantry troops. The duchy of Styria in Austria was one of the Hapsburg’s hereditary lands. Because of its proximity to Hungary it was one of the first lines of defense of the Hapsburg territories against the Ottoman Turks, who controlled much of Hungary from the early sixteenth century until the late seventeenth century

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