Antique 17th Century Polish Steel Mace Buzdygan In The Islamic Turkish Ottoman I
Rare antique 17th-century Polish flanged mace buzdygan in the form of the Islamic Turkish Ottoman, Indo-Persian war mace: Gürz-topuz, shishpar.
DETAILS: A large, extremely well hand-forged steel mace comprised a pear-shaped steel head surmounted by a domed bulbous central finial. The head formed of seven sturdy widening flanges slid into the central core tube, each shaped at the base in the form of the bird's head, with an integral tube-shaped shaft of octagonal section with copper soldered seam.
The screw connects the rounded handle with the bud terminal and a shaft.
The handle consists of a long blade and can be used as a dagger during combat.
These type maces were used as battle weapons and bared by a high-ranking officer and were a very conspicuous symbol of his position as the army commander.
REFERENCES with a comparable mace:
1. Skarby broni ze zbiorów Lwowskiego Muzeum Historycznego" [TREASURES OF WEAPONS from the collection of the Lviv Historical Museum]. Page.68
2.Europejski oręż paradny XVII-XIX wieku ze zbiorów Państwowego Ermitażu w Leningradzie:
By Anatol W. Soldatenko. Page.69
3. Bulawy i buzdygany w Polsce od XVI do XVIII wieku. by Jacek Gutowski. Page. 301. Figure 171
4. Weapons cossack Epoch XV-XVIII cent. By Roman Kocarev. Emma Publications. Page.162
4. Украина- козацька держава by Володимир Недяк. (Ukrainian Cossack state by Volodymyr Nedyak)
Please see the picture attached to the listing.
Overall length: 59 cm (23.23 inches)
Height of the iron head central finial: 11.5 cm (4.53 inches)
Width of the head at the widest point: 8.4 cm (3.31 inches)
The overall length of the handle, including blade: 41.5 cm (16.34 inches)
WEIGHT: 1.068 kg (2.355lb)
CONDITION: In its original condition showing the age and usage. The handle is loose and does not hold well with the shaft because the screw thread is worn out through the years of use.
PROVENANCE: This mace and other antique Polish arms and armor that I recently listed come from an old Canadian collection of Polish antiques and art.
We have attached to the listing a photo of this collection that we took at the time of purchase, showing this mace together with other maces, the third from the right side.