AN ETCHED AUSTRIAN STATE GLAIVE FOR THE GUARD OF EMPEROR MAXIMILLIAN II (REIGNED 1564-76), MID-16TH CENTURY
with knife-like blade retaining some etching including the crowned Imperial eagle enclosed by the collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece, the ragged staves of Burgundy dividing the fire steels of the Order, trophies-of-hunting, foliage, traces of the imperial device 'MM', motto and the date (obscured), tapering socket, a pair of straps, on a wooden haft with an additional pair of straps; together with a North European halberd, late 18th/19th century, with long tapering terminal spike formed with a globular basal moulding, curved axe blade pierced with four V-shaped apertures and a further cross-shaped aperture, rear spike en suite with a reinforced tip and decorated over its surface with pointillé, and a pair of shaped short straps on a wooden haft, both supported by a metal and stone stand
the glaive: 96.5cm. head, 38in.; the halberd: 89.5cm. head, 35¼in.
The two objects are currently secured to the base with wire.
Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, where appropriate.
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Inventory, 1949, 'A German steel Halberd and a pike on stand' in the Hall
The 'MM' device on the glaive is for the Emperor Maximillian II and his wife Maria, daughter of the Emperor Charles V, who he married in 1548. Other glaives from this group are variously dated 1551, 1554, 1564 and 1571. The Austrian state archives in Vienna record payment in 1564 to the celebrated artist Daniel Hopfer and his brother Georg, working in Nuremburg, for decorating one hundred and ten new halberds for the body guard of the Emperor Maximillian II.